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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: January 22, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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SBy BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net
AL~LYSON Maynard-Gibson
lost her bid to retain the
Pinewood constituency last
might when the election court
declared the FNM's Byran
Woodside the winner by 49
votes.
Chaos broke out irr Bank
Lane just after 9pm as support-
ers of Mr Woodside ran out of -
the court informing scores of
FNM supporters, who had gath-
ered mn the rain, of the news.
Senior Justice Anita Allen
read out the new results of the
race after a 12-hour recount
process, which began at 9am.
On May 2, 2007, Mr Woodside
won the seat by 64 votes. How-
ever, after 110 votes were
.thrown out by the election court
- all cast by people who were


not ordinary residents of the
Pmnewood constituency the
new count was 1,884 votes for
Mr Woodside and 1,835 votes
for Mrs Maynard-Gribson.
When the party faithful heard
the news, Bank Lane was filled
with celebrating FNMs draped
in red and waving party flags.
As Mr Woodside descended
the Supreme Court stairs, he
was surrounded by well-wish-
Sers and pohece who escorted him
to his vehicle on the way to
FNM headquarters on Mackey
Street for a celebration rally.
"My fellow Bahamians, as
you are aware, today the court
ruled that I, Byran Shelton
Woodside, am the member of
parliament for the great con-
stituency of Pinewood," said Mr
Woodside in a written state-
ment.
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Man wanted

for questioning
over student
murder turns
himself in
POLICE reported that, hours
after the funeral service for
DeAngelo Cargill, the slain C R
Walker student, Strauss Bene-
dict Paul Edwards Jr, a young
man wanted for questioning in
relation to the murder, turned
himself in to police.
The 20-year-old suspect sur-
rendered hiself to the Central
Detective Unit at 5pm on Sat-
urday, ASP Walter Evans said.
The next day, Flying Squad
officers arrested Jamaal Penn,
20, in the Carmichael Road area
at 12.30 pm, police said.
The pair are expected to be
arraigned on formal charges
some time this week, ASP
Evans said.
Cargill, 19, was shot during a
daylight drive-by shooting on
FrederIck Street on January 7.
He died in hospital later that
night.

SUnsettled
Weather

a to persist
E til tonigt

MI By NATARIO McKENZIE

Ix LOCAL forecasters say the
unsettled weather which has
blanketed the central
Bahamas .over the past two
days is expected to persist at
least until late tonight.
Forecasters say the weather
is being produced by a sta-
tionary cold front over the
central Bahamas.
The front, according to fore-
caster Ian McKenzie,. is being
affected by a high pressure
system which moved over the
central Bahamas on Sunday,
bringing with it cold weather,
rain and heavy wind gusts.
Mr McKenzie told Th~e Tri-
tf bune that, unlike previous
rat cold fronts, this cold front had
doa lot of moisture and it slowed
down somewhat as it
on approached the central
he Bahamas.
"It was beinge blocked by a
ue high pressure >va~le m so now
is- it's basically become station-
i," ary. So we have this continu-
SEE page seven


Cable Bahamas chief
defends himself against
foreigner hiring claims
ABy K Tribune Staff Reporter
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,CABLE BAHAMAS president Anthony
Butler yesterday defended himself against
claims that the company is hirmng foreigners
over locals, stating that the overwhelming
majority of employers are Bahamian,
An e-mail circulating yesterday, purporting
to the be a clarion call for all employees to
stand united", called for Mr Butler to resign.
The unsigned e-mail seemingly offers
detailed reports about how numerous non-
Bahamians were chosen for key positions with-
in Cable Bahamas.
"The message is clear, Anthony Butler, who
has been holding the~ seat of president at Cable
Bahamas for the past four years, is not for
Bahamians. Cable Bahamas employees ques-
tion their future with the company under such
leadership," the e-mail said.
Speaking with The Tribune yesterday, Mr

SEE page seven


PLP slams PM over ta

exemption decision
WBy PAUL G
TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff
Reporter
ptumnquest@
tribunemedia.net
THE PLP hit out yes-
terday at Pnime Mmnis-
ter Hubert Ingraham
and the FNM govern-
ment for refusing to
extend tax exemption
for firist-time homneown-
crs on houses under $250,000.
Calling the decision a "shockingly ignorant
one, the PLP said the move is proof again th
the prime minister and the FNM government "I
not understand our economy or economics ge
rallyy.
Further, the PLP said the move was a reflection
of the FNM's "callous insensitivity" toward t:
average Bahamian.
"The logic that the government needs reven.
or cannot afford tax breaks as an excuse for d
continuing this exemption is economically flawed

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a DENISE MAYCOCK
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FREEPORT Local gov-
ernment councillors for Marco
City and Pineridge have teamed
up to treat hundreds of children
in both constituencies to a free
fun-day at RND Galleria Cine-
mas on February 2.
The event is part of a newly
launched social programme
spearheaded by four council-
lors Joanna Newton-Russell
and Clement Campbell, council
members for, Mlarco City, and
Melvina Albury and Ashley
Smith, council members for
Pineridge.
According to Mr Campbell,
children between the ages of
five and 12 years old will be
issued movie passes, which will
cover the movie, popcorn and a
drink, They will be entertained
from 10amn to 1pm.
He said parents and children
can pick up their tickets at the
council office at number 17 Pio-
neer's Professional Plaza on
Pioneer's Way between 9am
and 5pm. beginning on January
28.
Mr Campbell said that the
tickets will be distributed on a
"first come, first serve" basis to
some 300 children.
He said: "We felt that this
time would a better time to
treat the children since during
the Christmas season many con-
stituencies hosted Christmas
parties for the children."
Mr Campbell said that the
council is looking for 10 adult
volunteers from each con-
stituency (Pineridge and Mar-
co City) to act as chaperones-


Wt By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson~tribunemedia.net

A NUMBER of high school students
were reportedly pulled out of classes at
Queen's College yesterday for failure to
adhere to the school's dress code, much
to the displeasure of a few parents, The
Tribune learned. .
About 15 students were pulled out of
homeroom following an inspection by
teachers. Most were allowed to return to
classes after their parents rectified the
infractions, said Shawn Turnquest, the
high school's principal,
Mrs Turnquest told The Tribune that
parents and students were forewarned


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ACTING Customs Controller Anthony Adderley urged the
public to make proper declarations on imported goods so that
more cash will be available for government works.
Mr Adderley's remarks came Sunday at a church service at St
Barnabas Anglican Church officially marking the start of Interna-
tional Customs Day celebrations.
He explained that it is the Customs Department's responsibility
to collect duty payments for the government, which in turn has been
entrusted to use them wisely on behalf of the Bahamian people.
"'Whilst we may be doing a good job at this time, the government
has indicated that we must do more by way of collections and
whilst I am of the opinion we can improve upon our revenue col-
lection, I want to challenge you, the members of the public, to
join this worthy cause so-that-we can meet this mandate," MrT
Adderley said. "'After all, it is difficult for any government to pro-
vide the necessary services to its people without adequate funding."
He also asked the public to report importers who areviet paying
their fair share to the Customs Department.
"I know that some of you are reluctant to provide such infor-
mation on persons for fear of reprisals," Mr Adderely said. "I
wish to remind you however that you have nothing to fear as
information will be treated with strict confidence."
"'I assure you that your civil rights will at all times be protected.
The laws of the land guarantee this."
He said another way Bahamians can assist in the proper collec-
tion of the country's revenue is by advising the department of any
act committed by its staff which may have resulted in a loss of
revenue or was intended to cause a loss of revenue.
"Integrity must be seen as the order of the day among our staff."
Mr Adderley cautioned that the public must be as truthful as they
could when making reports, so as to avoid the department's time
being wasted.
He explained that while other countries only observe one day to
ceert mthe woe'k of culsom ,k ah ustomss Department in the
On Wednesday, the department will feed senior citizens at the
various homes for the elderly throughout New Providence.
A long service award ceremony will be held at the Sheraton
Cable Beach Resort on Thursday, January 24. Sixty-nine persons
from the Customs Department's uniformed branch and 11 non-uni-
formed personnel will be honoured during the ceremony.
Governor General Arthur Hanna is scheduled to present awards
to staff members who have given 20 to 40 years of service.



Makarios Rolle

WillS Spelling Bee

Fifth grade student Makarios Rolle won the 41st annual
Catholic Board of Education Primary School Spelling Bee.
The event was held at Xaviers Lower School on West Bay
Street on Friday.
Eleven schools six from New Providence and five from
Grand Bahama were represented at the spelling bee.
'The official results are:
st Makarios Rolle, 5th grade student at Mary Star of the
Sea, Freeport. Grand Bahama
*2nd Connor Lowe. 6th grade student at Mary Star of the
Sea, Freeport, Grand Bahama
*3rd Sarai Seymour, 6th grade student at Xavier's Low-
er school
Elma Garawaly. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of
Education and member of the Catholic Board of Education,
was in attendance at the spelling bee.
'The Knights of Columbus as well as a member of the
National Spelling Bee Committee made presentations to the
first, second and third place finishers.
TIhe Knights of Columbus will sponsor the winner and the
runner up to attend the Florida State Spelling Bee, which is to
be held on March 1 in Kissimmee. Florida.



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of the school's plans to enforce a "zero
tolerance" policy against dress code
infractions. Special attention was given to
lowering of skirt hems and ensuring
boys' haircuts were acceptable.
"Last week Tuesday, every homeroom
teacher received a circular over dress
code infractions to discuss with their chil-
dren. That circular underscored (the
need) to address uniform codes and
school rules.
"We also said to the teachers to discuss
with the studentithat they will have until
Monday (yesterday) to rectify (the
infractions)."
She said students were told to discuss
these rules with their parents.
However, one angry father believed
the rules were trumped up. His daughter


was sent home because administrators
said her skirt's hem did not meet the
school's length requirements.
"My daughter's skirt comes down to
her knee now," said the parent, who
spoke on the condition of anonymity.
"We pay them too much money for them
to just be sending children home like
that."
School officials contend their inten-
tion was not to inconvenience parents
or to disrupt students' class schedules,
but to "play a meaningful role in their
development".
In light of what some have termed the
nation's crime "crisis" and the widely
reported incidences of youth violence .
and murder, officials believe a zero tol-
erance policy is the best example to set


for students. "We want our students to
grow up to be disciplined, law-abiding
students within our community. We need
to do our part as educators to instill this
trait in (students) of following the rules
and we need parents to support us.
"We need parents to work hand in
hand with schools to the benefit of their
children. We don't want them to get the
idea that they can do what they want
and get away with it," Mrs Turnquest
said.
The incident mirrors a similar event
which occurred at R M Bailey Senior
High last week. Administrators at the
public school asked a number of female
students to leave the school because their
skirt hems did not meet length require-
ments.


THE CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT commenced a week of-activities celebrating International Customs Day with a
church service at St Barnabas Anglican Church on Sunday, January 20.


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encouraged the public to make proper declarations.


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"What the PLP decided following its
lOSS Of the gOVfrnllent in May itS that
we needed to continue to further

relattORS WiTth political partiJes in the
COuntries around the Caribbean."

Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell


MBy KARIN HERIG
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THE PLP has vowed to keep
abreast of political developments in
the region as the party prepares itself
t~o egain the government of the
Despite losing the government more
than seven months ago, former PLP
foreign affairs minister Fred Mitchell
told reporters on the weekend that it is
important for his party to maintain ties
to its sister parties in the Caribbean.
Speaking at the PLP headquarters at
Gambler House on Sunday, Mr
Mitchell said that it is important to
continue strengthening ties with parties
that have historically shared similar
goals with the Bahamian PLP.
"What the PLP decided following
its loss of the government in May is
that we needed to continue to further
relations with political parties in the
countries around the Caribbean. Obvi-
ously we are no longer the govern-
ment so it would not be (our) respon-
sibility to conduct any negotiations or
any discussions otherwise on behalf of
the country, but we would renew our
fraternal and sister ties with the polit-
ical parties with whom we had estab-


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ABy LLONELLA GILBERT
BAHA4MAS Ambassador to
Washington Cornelius A Smith
troa offcall n st hs ere-
ident George W Bush in a cer-
emony today.
Last October, Governor
General Arthur Hanna pre-
sented Ambassador Smith with
his Letters of Credence.
Earlier this month, the
Bahamas Ambassador to
Washington assumed the three-
month rotating chairmanship
of the Permanent Council of
ath (Oranis tion of American
Upon his installation as
chairman, Ambassador Smith
said the Bahamas would fur-
ther emphasise the core OAS
principles of "supporting and
promoting good governance,
democratic values, respect for
law and order and the protec-
tion of human nights .
During his career mn Bahami-
an politics, Ambassador Smith
served as minister of education,
minister of public safety and
immigration, minister of
tourism and minister of trans-
port and local government.


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rape, forcible
detention

A 33-YEAR-OLD man
was arraigned in Magistrate's
Court yesterday in connec-
tion with the rape and
forcible detention of a
woman.
According to court dock-
ets, it is .alleged that on
Wednesday, January 9,
Kevin Cooper of Joan's
Height's, being concerned
with another, raped a 20-
year-old woman.
Cooper, who w as
arraigned before Magistrate
Carolita Bethel at court eight
in Bank Lane, was not
required to enter a plea to
the charges.
Godfrey Eugene Davis,
3, was arr igned nt carn@
dent last week.
Cooper was not required
to plead to the charges and
was granted bail in the sum
of $15,000.
The case was adjourned to
June 3, 2008.

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I|H0800Mng in
COMBeCtOH With
muPdrIIO arrested
POLICE have apprehended
Sman \va edw tflhue ai nn
ed murder of a20-year-old.
Amal Alexis Hunter, 21, was
arrested by police on Saturday
after 4pm.
He was wanted in connec-
tion with the shooting of
Yovelle Thompson,
Mr Thompson was shot in
the cesearea during an ahter-
Corner on Saturday morning.


The victim is currently in
hospital listed in serious con-
dition.
Officers from the Wulff
Road Police Station detained I
Hunter in the area of Old Trail
Road, Assistant Superinten-
dnt Walter Evans said yester-


TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2008, PAGE 3


THE TRIBUNE


lished relationships during the nation-
alist movements of the Bahamas and
the other Caribbean countries," the
Fox Hill MP said.
Traditionally, the Bahamian PLP
has enjoyed relationships with the Peo-
ple's National Party (PNP) in Jamaica,
the Progressive Labour Party (PLP)
in Bermuda, the People's National
Movement (PNM) in Trinidad and
Tobago, and the Democratic Labour
Party (DLP) in Barbados.
With the exception of Bermuda, Mr
Mitchell said, all of the these parties
have shared the responsibility of bring-
ing about independence for their
respective countries.
The'Fox Hill MP noted that it is


interesting that in all of these societies,
the important themes seem to be the
same the economy and crime.
"Trinidad is going through an espe-
cially difficult time with regard to
crime at this time. Jamaica has a con-
tinuing problem.
"The Bahamas, as you know, is suf-
fering from crime as well," Mr Mitchell'
said.
The former foreign affairs minister
returned on the weekend from
trips to Barbados and Trinidad and
Tobago.
In Barbados, where general elec--
tions were held last week, Mr Mitchell
said he was able to congratulate the
new Prime Minister David Thompson.


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SBy CLUNIS DEVANEY
JOSEPH Russell Ford,
MBE, JP, former member of
parliament for the Inagua
constituency, died early Sat-
urday afternoon at his Nas-
sau East home following a
year-long battle with cancer.
He was 77.
His son, Joseph "Joey"
Ford said the former parlia-
mentarian died with family
members at his bedside, and
that he was peaceful and in a
"jovial mood" to the end.
Mr Ford spent 14 years in
the House of Assembly as the
representative for the two
easternmost islands of the
Bahamas, Inagua and
Mayaguana. He was first
elected mn the April 10D, 1968
general election, defeating
Bernard Dupuch of the Unit-
ed Bahamian Party.
He was returned to parlia-
ment in the 1972 general elec-
tion but lost to the Free
National Movement's Vernon
Symonette in the general elec-
tion of 1982.
Mr Ford, the youngest of
seven children, was born at
Matthew Town, Inagua on
August 15, 1929 to Joseph and
Lillian Ford.
Affectionately called "T-
Joe" or "Lil Joe" he entered
frontline politics in the 1960s
during the struggle for Major-
ity Rule. .
During his time in the
House, he championed the
underprivileged and the work-
ing class.
Among his most noted
accomplishments was the
securing of improved wages
and conditions for Morton
Salt workers.
Following the passing of the
Fair Labour Standards Act in
1971, Mr Ford took exception
to Morton Salt's method of
paying the workers.
He challenged Morton Salt
to conform to the provisions
of the Fair Labour Standards
Act, but the company fired
back by saying they were
exempted from the Act as
they were registered under
the old Animal Husbandry
Act, which equated salt man-
ufacturing to seasonal crops
like onions.


Mr Ford was elected along
with former Barbados prime
minister Tom Adams as the
CPA's representatives for
South and Central America.
He was Mr. Adams' junior.
In 1980, Mr Ford again led
a Bahamian CPA delegation
to New Zealand.
That same year, he was
appointed the executive chair-
man of the Broadcasting Cor-
poration of the Bahamas, a
post he held until 1982.
Mr Ford's accomplishments
in public life were notably
recognized in 1982 when he
was awarded a Member of the
Most Distinguished Order of
the British Empire (MBE).
The following year, he was
appointed a Justice of the
Peace.
Mr Ford's professional
career was mn the insurance
industry.
He spent a number of years
with Imperial Life Financial,
and following that company's
merger with Colina Insurance,
was made a senior consultant
with Colina Imperial.
Mr Ford is survived by his
wife of 52 years, Thelma (nee
Gomez); sons Gaylen, Joseph
"Joey" and Sean, daughters
Glendina Ford and Terry
Ann Deveaux; 18 grand-
children, two great-grandchil-
dren and sister Vera
Cartwright.


Mr Ford accused Morton
Salt of exploiting the workers
aHd uebloedAsmotion in tha
Select Committee to investi-
gate the operations of the
company.
In an effort to have the
matter settled quietly, Mr
Ford was invited to the com-
pany's main office in the Unit-
ed States to discuss the mat-
ter.

Resolved
The issue was resolved and
the workers at Inagua were
eventually paid wages under
the Fair Labour Standards
Act.
In 1967, Mr Ford was
appointed to the board of the
then Bahamas Telecommuni-
cations Corporation (BaTel-
Co) and became the deputy
chairman the same year.
In 1968, he was appointed
the executive chairman of the
board of directors of BaTel-
Co, where he served in that
capacity for 10 years.
In 1974, he led a delegation
to the Commonwealth Parlia-
mentary Association (CPA)
Conference in Sri Lanka,
where he was elected to the
executive committee of the
CPA and served two years.
He was the first Bahamian
to hold the post and was
warmly congratulated by then
prime minister Sir Lynden
Pindling, who commended Mr
Ford on attaining "this signal
honour" for his country.


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seconds, and let the friendly dri-
ver take you toward the down-
town.
The driver will drop you of
at a point a long walk from the
end of a long narrow shopping

Right, you keep your money
in your pocket and go to the
beach.
A ptaaweaya unemthe core
sales.
The No. IOA bus takes many
tourists back to Cable Beach
because they don't want the
extra two block walk to find a
No 10 after a time shopping.
A second portion of the traf-
fic is from Bahamians shopping
downtown.
Here I think we have to
recognize the obvious, we do
not shop downtown! We pass
through but there is nothing to
attract us to it. It has less to do
with parking and more to do
with the fact that it is expensive
and we can buy anything we
might want there, elsewhere.
Have you ever heard anyone
say that they would not shop
there because of all the tourists?
I have.
Traffic from Bahamians shop-
ping downtown is insignificant-
ly small. Taxtis work downtown.
We see a lot of them parked
there, the driver out hawking a
trip to Paradise. I use taxis but
rarely from downtown. Rather
than a depot out side of the core
area that would bankruphthese
people why not have three or
four places on side streets that
would hold two' or three taxis
each.
As a driver leaves with a fare,
a replacement arrives from a
parking area to the west. It
works well at the airport.
Twelve or so parking spots are
utilised in the whole core area.
Clear signs would help the visi-
tor.
As an aside it personally vex-
es me that there are so many
drivers standing around there
when the two major cab com-
panies cannot find a driver to
take me to the airport.
By far the majority of cars
are just passing through; this
after all is the major cross town
route in the north.
There are many vehicles for
those who work there; parked
cars for workers, delivery vehi-
cles for the various businesses
and taxis.
The other annoying traffic


unit is the trucks that pass
through. We should look at
each of these. Space suggests
this be in a separate letter.
The downtown business need
to do well. Empty shops on Bay
Street just look bad and do not
encourage visitors to return.
Business needs to be allowed
to do what they do best, sell to
tourists.

strctiv ele dfr m temNTB
The demise of the core is
caused by the fact that we are
doing so little to sell our prima-
rMuablic st easier to travel
across the island does' not help
the downtown businesses. Pro-
viding more parking spaces so
workers can park closer to their
job does not give extra cash to
those enterprises.
Let's accept that our down-
town needs to be better for
tourists, not directly for us. If
we do it night, we make more
money from tourists and we all
do well. Are we doing it well?
Help is not taking away
tourist transport at the expense
of locals who will not use the
parking spaces but might be
able to travel non stop through
the area even faster.
Help is not discouraging
tourists from spending because
the extra walk is just too much.
Help is not making it easier
for locals to use an area that
they actively avoid.
Help is, yes, reducing traffic.
Remember the first thing that I
reported Mr Klonaris having
said. Though traffic, if reduced
significantly, would make it less
dangerous and more user
friendly for tourists in the core.
Help is creating easy ways for
our visitors to see as many of
our core attractions as possible.
If we can reduce traffic in the
core, we could provide a tourist
jitney doing a circle route from
the Bay Street strip core to the
Queen's Staircase/Fort Fincas-
tie, to the fish fry, Ardastra Gar-
dens and Fort Charlotte and
back.
For a buck the passenger
could ride all day and get on
and off as many times as they
wanted.
All business could benefit and
more might blossom outside of
the core. The cruise ships might
even be happier.
Help might be considering
some additional positive rec-
ommendations that I will
reserve for tomorrow's letter.

NO NAME
CABLE BEACH
Nassau,
January, 2008.


ON Thursday, January 10,
buried in The Tribune's Busi-
ness section, Mr Klonaris, the
chair of the Nassau Tourism
and Development Board
(NTDB) said that "in an urban
environment the pedestrian
comes first and the car comes
second."
For autourist destination lie

pedestrians downtown are
tourists, no better statement can
be made.
thIhe res of the article ga e
destroying the dwindling down-
town tourist industry.
The stated goal is to allevi-
ate downtown Bay Street's traf-
fic congestion. This would help
business. The method is to
establish a taxiljitney depot "on
the fringes of downtown". The
article states "Mr Klonaris
added that the absence of park-
ing spaces in close proximity to
Bay Street stores has been a
major factor in downtown Nas-
sau's demise."
Tourists do not drive cars in
Nassau to any significant extent.
There are a lot of major prob-
lems with the thinking coming
out of the NTDB.
They feel that if you elimi-
nate taxis and jitneys from Bay
Street in the core of the city
then all will be well traffic-wise
and aid the economic growth of
the core.
There is not a city in the
world that.has ever contem-
plated this.
London, England, charges
private cars to use the "city";
busea and taxis have no such
cost.
New York City charges vehi-
cles to come on to Manhlttan
through bridge and tunnel tolls.
These big cities with profes-
sional planning departments
know the goal is to ban as many
private cars as possible and to
promote public transit.
Although public transit seems
to be a dirty word locally we
are still starting to have big city
problems and need to look at
the issue properly, not back-
wards.
Let us look at the traffic it
has parts we can consider sepa-
rately.
The taxis and buses that the
NTDB wish to ban from down-
town would be relegated to a
depot outside of downtown.
This is just bad. So, you are a
tourist, you ask the hotel desk
how to get downtown. You are
told to just walk out the front
door and take the inexpensive
jitney that will come along in


what's in the best interest of the party? Often
selfish ulterior motives seem to drive many of
the party's decisions in how it cares for the
Bahamian people all of the people.
For example, when Larry Cartwright as an
Independent won with the assistance of the
PLP the Ragged Island and Long Island
constituency, traditionally an FNM strong.
hold, it was important for the PL~P to try to
win the hearts of Long Islanders to the PLP
fold.
On the other hand Kennedy was consid-
ered a PLP stronghold. Obviously, the party
took Kennedy for granted. But not so Long
Island. It was important for the PLP to woo
Long Islanders, and make certain that Mr
Cartwright would eventually join the PLP.
And so, in expressing his disappointment
in Mr Cartwright's decision to rejoin the par-
ty of his birth -the FNM Mr Christie
made it clear that he had been stroking Mr
Cartwright's ego and those of the people of
Long Island for a purpose. It was a matter,
not of principle, but of expediency.
Mr Christie reminded Mr Cartwright of
how much the PLP government had done
for his constituency, even more, he said, than
it had done for some members of its own
party. He pointed out that the PLP govern-
ment had done even "more for that con-
stituency than the party he had now joined"
the FNM. Mr Cartwnight had announced
his decision when Mr Christie was still prime
minister,
".My government," said Mr Christie, "has
decided to spend more in your constituency
on Ragged Island on a per capital basis than
on any other constituency. We have decided
to put infrastructure there of a major kind -
water, airport, dock, the electricity. The fibre
optic cables allowed those in Ragged Island to
even be able to see TV, even the Speech
from the Throne."
It was very clear that if Long Island were
not such a big fish that Mr Christie was trying
to land in his PLP net, they would not have
been considered for any of these things -
things that fitted naturally into the hopes,
and dreams that Long Islanders ha'd for the
future of their island.
Is this what Mr Gibson meant when he
said he was cutting lose from the party to
concentrate on the aspirations of his people?
He obviously no longer intends to stake his
future and that of his constituents on the
whnns of a political party and certainly
not on the PLP.


NO ONE even 13 days after the event-
seems clear why Kennedy MP Kenyatta Gib-
son resigned from the PLP.
There are various stories out there, but
the most persistent one is that Mr Christie, in
rallying his "troops" for another election
gave the nod to another party member to
start canvassing Mr Gibson's constituency.
It is concluded that depending on Kennedy
constituents' response to the proposed new
candidate the PLP's Candidates Commit-
tee planned to drop Kenyatta Gibson as
Kennedy's MP.
If this is true, then one can appreciate Mr
Gibson's anger. This version of the internal
dispute might or might not be correct but
so far it is the only one with currency in the
market place.
In making his official announcement in
the House of Assembly on January 9, Mr
Gibson said he now wanted to focus all of his
attention on representing all sections of his
constituency, be they FNM, PLP, BDP or
Independents. The whole tone of his state-
ment seemed to suggest that until then he
had only concentrated on his PLP con-
stituents. But suddenly he had discovered
that he had other constituents of equal impor-
tance with the same hopes and dreams as his

LHe tl speaker Alvin Smith that all MPs
were aware of the concern of Bahamians
about the national development of their coun-
try. "These are the same concerns," he said,
"which affect my people in Kennedy. It does
not matter if their shirts are gold, red or pur-
ple, my people in Kennedy feel the same
joys, suffer the same pains, and strive to
achieve the same Bahamian dream, as does
every godly citizen of this Commonwealth."
He made it clear that he was now free to
represent their needs the needs of all of
them.
In his reply Mr Christie pointed out that
what Mr Gibson had said about being only
interested "in representing the~ people of
Kennedy is exactly what he was elected to do
as a PLP representative, to bring the hopes
and aspirations of the people of Kennedy to
the PLP and to allow that to be a part of the
fleshing out of policies and initiatives that
would have been taken in the best interest of
the people of Kennedy."
Is that all that goes into deciding how a
constituency is treated? Is what's in the best
interest of the people of a constituency the
only consideration, or is it also and appar-
ently this might be even more important -


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system, the criminal justice
system, but the sentiment is
clear among all that the
Bahamas 'has lost its moral
compass.'
I am left to wonder that
while we are all stating the
problem, are there any
answers for how we will turn
around our once quiet, tran-
quil, law-abiding and Christ-
ian community, from the
scourge of violence and
crime?
I return to my preface state-
ment, that "in order to get
what you have never gotten,
then you must do what you
have never done." The only
way to bring down the crime
wave anfong youth, is to pro-
vide "inspiration and motiva-
tion." And the only way to
motivate youth is to provide
right leadership .
The Bahamas doesn't have
a crime problem, it has a lead-
ership problem.
Everything rises and falls
on leadership. Only leaider-
ship can motivate! Only lead-
ership can Inspire!
Only leadership can encour-
age and direct the populace
to change its behaviour, and
refocus on the purpose of our
nation. Only leadership, can
influence people towards a
greater good` and a more
focused end.


There is a scripture
that states that "when
the righteous is in authority
the people will rejoice." So,
when leadership is good;
when leadership is strong;
whlerfl'tadershiR is right and
doing ffire light thiing for'the
right people, thEfeo~ple will
response in kind.
What is happening in the
Bahamas is that on many
fronts we have leaders who
have overstayed their time.
They should have gone long
before now. They should
have passed on the baton.
They should have allowed
the natural process of succes-
sion to take place. This
equates to growth, regenera-
tion and renewal in the soci-
ety, as is nature's way, as is
God's way.
Because they have not left,
they are clogging up the sys-
tem, and they are trying to
lead people they are not
meant to lead. So the people
will not hear them. The young
people are not listening to
them.
Only leadership that is
meant to be in place, can and
will call this nation back to
order and calm.
IThe time is come for new
vision, new ideas, new blood,
new people to lead across the
Commonwealth of the
Bahamas.
You want to see a relief
from this level of chaos and
disorder in the nation, then
change some leaders in the
nation. From Parliament, the
Senate, the church, youth or
sporting organizations,
junkanoo groups, civil soci-
ety, the Police force, the civil
service...and the like. By stay-
ing beyond your time, you are
holding up the natural process
of succession. And succession
must happen, if we are to see
renewal take place in any
society.
On behalf of the next gen-
eratio~n of Bahamians, and the
longevity of our great
Bahamaland, I call on, and I
humbly ask of some leaders
who know they have over-
stayed their time ...to go!
Please just let go! Go quietly!
We appreciate your service,
but it is time to let go!
The youth in the country is


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THE TRIBUNE


TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2008, PAGE 5


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for individuals and groups (for
intervention in conflict reso-
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or peers);
*Basic legal aid for youth
in legal entanglements;
*Community outreach,
(emergency food, clothes and
housing assistance);
*Community networking
with social organizations and
government departments;
*Educational and scholar-
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S*Homework help with
internet resources;
*Youth mobilization and
development mn the fine arts
activities
*Mentoring programmes
for adolescents, and young
adults,
*Employment referrals and
career counsellmng'
*Weekly and monthly sup-
port groups.
I wish to appeal to the pub-
lic on three immediate fronts:-
Financial or material sup-
port concerning what we are
attempting to do. Things we
still need phone services, a
car, lumber and building sup-
plies for the porch as recre-
ation centre; a fridge an d
stove (tank); computers,
chairs (a~llkinds), and other
office items).

For volunteers We
are taking volunteers
in five categories and will
attempt to familiarize them
with dealing with crisis and
when to refer,
Counselling, Fine Arts
activities, Law enforcement
and discipline, tutoring and
mentoring, family and com-
munity service.)
There is still a lot of work to
be done, so we need the com-
munity's participation. We
need a few carpenters, an
electrician or two, or some
Handyman to give us some
free labour, that will assist us
to finish our work and real-
ize our opening date, set for
February.
This is a community project
and will take a community
effort.
We invite the public and the
business community to assist
us. Come by this office, No
71 Marathon Road opposite
the Mall at Marathon, and
volunteer your time or efforts
towards our mandate of Com-
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SBy ALI MCINTOSH,
president, National
Committee for Youth
Renewal and Revival

A wise man once said that,
"In order to get what you
have never gotten, you must
do what you have never
done. "


E MUST rethink
What we Call youth
development in the Bahamas,
because the time has come to
shift the paradigm and imple-
ment programmes that reach
out to at-risk young people,
where they are, and place
their plights, needs and aspi-
rations centre stage.
To the words chosen to
preface my statement, I would
like to add those of African
American Educator Mary
McLeod Bethune, who said,
"We have a powerful poten-
tial in our youth, and we must
have the courage to change
old ideas and practices, so that
we may direct their power
towards good ends.
The United Nations World
Youth Report 2005 confirmed
this concept whe~ it noted
that "young people hold the
key to society's future. Their
ambitions, goals and aspira-
tions for peace, security,
development and human
rights are often in accord with
those of society as a whole."
The Report stated that
"nearly half of the world's
population are under the age
of 25, which is approximately
three billion people. And of
that three billion, over 200
million youth live in poverty-
stricken conditions, 130 mil-
lion are illiterate, 88 million
are unemployed and 10 mil-
lion hymig with HIV/AIDS."
Becax~se of these statistics, the
UNh~as concluded' thdt. the
caSe ~f~i~invi~sti'ent iW yldiing '
people are cli~r.
The Report identified four
key areas of consideration for
investing:-
(a) Poverty, (b) Illiteracy,
(c) Unemployment, (d)
HIV/AIDS.
Here in the Bahamas, the
statistics are no more alarm-
ing, as is indicated in
MOH and PAHO Youth
Health Survey, and Dr. Lor-
raine Blank 2005 Situation on
Youth study, noting that:
*One in five youth
between 15-24 live in poor
households
*. 40 per cent of males and
23 per cent of females are out
of school and did not receive
a passing grade on any MOE
external exams,
*34 per cent of poor youth
and22 per cent of non-poor
youth are out-of school and
unemployed.
The leading cause of death
among adolescent girls
between 15-24 at (70 per cent)
is HI-V/AIDS; and for males
at (74 per cent) is homicide
and traffic deaths.
I stated these statistics to
show that the focus of our
concern should be centred,
not just on those youth who
are prospering, educated,
employed or healthy; but for
that group that faces untold
eniotional and psychological
repercussion as a result of
what they perceive life and
society has handed to them.
Based on this, is there not a
cause?
Four murders in 12 days,
the majority are youth relat-
ed, both as perpetrators and
as victiits. Seemingly, carry-
ing over from a record-break-
ing year 2007, with 79 mur-
ders.
Crime is out of control, and
people seem ill-equipped to
anucably resolve their domes-
tic and other conflicts. In
addition to the murder rate,
the high incidents of arm rob-
beries, housebreaking, stab-
bings, gunshots, besides the
highor n vne I of n dg a i

than just money, it is costing
us our peace. .
In recent days, many distmn-
guished citizens and leading
members of civil society and
the church have echoed sen-
timents concerning who they


choose to blame for this
dilemma we are facing. "The
family, parents, the judicial


behaviour and crime, it is the
degree by which our leader-
ship has failed.
The children, the youth,
.their voices can't be heard, so
they must "act it out". The
youth of this nation are simply
reacting to what they see and
hear and livre in this society.
Please, just reflect on the
numerous reported incidents
of the misconduct of political,
church, societal leadership,
and nobody ever takes
responsibilities and admits the
truth,
But we want the children
and young people to have a
better conduct? We can't say,
"Do as I say, and not as I do".
The opposite must be clear -
we must be able to say "Do as
I do!"
If the national leaders can't
settle their disputes without
coming almost to fight, how
do we ask the children to stop
fighting?
If the church leaders and
parents can't live a better life
if front of our children, what
do you expect them to live?
My heart bleeds that our
children have been forced to
grow up far too quickly.
We have stolen their inno-
cence by sewing the seeds of
immorality, and have spared
nothing to bring progress and
prosperity to the nation and
to our homes by cable televi-
sion and other means. Well,
we are reaping the so-called
Progress and Prosperity-- it is
called Crime.
We are preparing to open
this place called Hope House
- Why? Because from this
building shall come Hope for
Bahamal~and!
In August 2007, we gathl '
ered 15 pages of signatures
from youth confirming that
we should do this. Today, we
begin a journey that is hinged
on Mandate, Purpose and
Community involvement.
The Resource Programmes
and Services for Youth in Cri-
sis that will be available from
this place will catapult our
community to the next level
of non- bureaucratic and crisis
response, and youth develop-
ment.
They are: -
*a 24-hour crisis hotline;


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was duly elected by the majority o-f the
people in Marco City.'
Pohece armed with automatic weapons
were stationed on the inside and outside of
court yesterday with PLP and FNM sup-
porters gathering before 9am to he~ar the
results of the recount.
For most of the day, PLPs and FNVMs
interacted together, disturbance free. How-
ever, as night fell and more supporters
gatheredl from each side, a fight birokte out,
leading to a manl and woman bemgl taken
into police custody.
At1 8.30pm several PLP and FNM sup-
porters came to blows with Hyrmi Kelly,
an FNM supporter, being hit onl the head
with a plastic party flag.
He and a woman were both taken into
police custody for questioning, with blood
dripping down his head as he walked to
Central Police Station.
Police, who had already barricaded off
parts of Bank Lane, were then forced to
create a space between the two grloup's,
who were yelling profamities at eachl other
by the end of the night.


'"ent hanlded down by the Election Court
on January 21, 2008. Wue refer in particular
to paragraph 9 of the written judgment as
follows: 'Thle case exposedi the most egre-
giouls failuhrets inl the parliamlentary regis-
tratlion sy'stemI. The Parliam~enaryrl Com-
mlissionrer failedl for wvhatever reasons to
ensure the integrity of the registration
process inl Pinewvoodi.'
"We have achieved what we set out to
do at the beginnings ofI this case." said Mrs
Maynalrdi-Gibsonl. "And it is our hope
that the flaws in the system will be cor-
reccted. It is our hope that the Right Hlon-
o~urable Primelc Minister. rather than treat-

ately appoint a commission to implement
the re~conuneLndations of the Election
Court exspressedc in paragraph 12 of the
judgment as follows:
...comprenhensiver~t-ly exaine thre practice
andrt procedutrerts of t'he Parlamenltary Reg-
istratriorrn Dpar,,crtmn wcith a v~iew to e)surT-
inS 'thart whaltr we( sawl inl Pinwo odl does
not, rc~cuccr, b~caurse it threatenr s to undlcer-
m~inerlc th indamenlcrtal balsis of out* Parlia-


mecntary D~emocracy'.
The former MP also thanked her fam-
ily. the legal teams on both sides mn the
case, her supporters and the justices last
night, declaring that "'with God's help, we
will continue to fight against any threat
to our democracy."
Standing in the rain, FNM chairman
Johnley Ferguson defiantly declared after
the verdict that the FNM is prepared to
successfully defend all the seats it won in
the 20017 election, warning the PLP that all
of their efforts to challenge the results will
suffer the same fate as the Pinewood chal-
lenge,
"As I said earlier, May 2nd. the Hon-
ourable Byran Woodside was duly elected
by the people of Pinewood. And tonight
they, have provenl once again, they have
been proven by 49 votes tonight, that he is
the duly elected member for Pinewood."
Without making extensive comments
on the second PLP election court chal-
lenge. he said that "'if Marco City: goes to
court. we are looking for similar results.
Because the Honourable Zhivargo Laing


Cable

Bahamas

FROM page one

Butler said he and his staff are
very surprised by the e-mail,
as no complaints of this nature
have been brought to the atten-
tion of either the management
or the human resources depart-
ment.
Mr Butler further said that
a lot of information in the e-
mail is factually wrong.
He said that although it is
sad that the e-mail sender,
whom he suspects is a "dis-
gruntled employee", feels this
way, it is not true that the com-
pany is giving foreigners key
positions without considering
Bahamians.
Mr Butler explained that
Cable Bahamas first began its
training programme for
Bahamian employees in 1995.
"We used to have 45 per cent
of all employees on work per-
mits, now we have less than
three per cent. Of executive
management staff 100 per cent
used to hold work permits, now
95 per cent are Bahamian," he
said.
The sender of the e-mail
claimed that in recent weeks
foreign engineers were
employed "without any con-
sideration for persons within

:.i nomany or :ie "":nt-E
work on the SRG Indigo pro-
ject along with Cable Bahamas
to provide voice services.
Mr Butler said yesterday
that, in the telecommunications
industry where com anies
have to with deal with 1pading-
edg~e technology, highly-skilled
workers with advanced knowl-
edge of the subject matter are
needed.
At a time when Cable
Bahamas is preparing to
rebuild its entire network, Mr
Butler said, foreign experts
have to be brought in on a tem-
porary basis.
However, he emphasised
that Cable Bahamas is very
proud of its training pro-
gramme to pass on the neces-
sary skills to Bahamian
employees

SPLP s ais


the ]1111111PM

FROM page one


"I thr ae ng new hou ed:
als, fixtures and fittings. No
imports means no revenue
derived from import tax for the
Public Treasury. It is not a diffi-
cult concept. It is simple, basic
econonucs.
"At a time when the economy
is struggling, the government's
role unw Iocrteiae an en ionmm

growth and aby policy of with-
drawing incentives that will assist
to revive our present sluggish
economy is irresponsible and
shows poor judgment.
"When the Prime Minister
states 'the number one thing is
jobs and then people will be able
cn re no l txem di aton t a/
ned es ntl ioseth blad and
that our economy needs in the
21t enur. he he n cu oder
homes being built, there will be a
reduction in available jobs?
"What about the dozens of per-
sons who were in the process of
purchasing a home, but could not
complete before December 31,
2008? Either they are now forced
to increase their borrowings by
up to $20,000, placing an extreme
burden on them, or they have had
to simply walk away because this
additional cost has meant they
are unable to qualify to get the
same loan for which they had pre-
vio'wq Intehis be after eight
short months? This is especially
so when the PLP had intended to
mnres tth exemptiohisfrom
not be the 'proven leadership'
that the people voted for on May
2, 2007," the party said.
Prime Minister Ingraham
announced over the weekend that
the government wil no b


etndn h ta br k pt i
place by the previous admimistra-
tion, stressing that the Treasury
was not in a position to extend
any further tax breaks on first-
th prme w @ster indicated
that as soon as the government
is capable of extending such
breaks, it would obviously do so.
However, the PLP maintains
that the prime minister and FNM
do not share the philosophy and
"core fundamental values" of the
PLP that every Bahamian is
entitled to affordable housing.
"To add insult to injury, the
FNM has.not built one single
home since coming to office in
May, 2007," the party said.


FNM wins .recount by 49 votes


FR M page one

"And while I am very pleased with the
end result, I am quite aware that the
process could have ended in a different
way."
Mr Woodside took the occasion last
night to thank God, his legal team and his
supporters in Pinewood for their assis-
tance over the last four months. He also
called for unity in the constituency after
fierce debate over who was the rightful
winner of the seat.
"This is now a time for healing and for
moving forward." he said. "Le~t's wolrk
together to make Pinewoodt a~nd the' Com-
monwealth of the Bahamus aill it caln be."
Mrs Maynard-Gibson aIlso issued a writ-
ten statement late last night in which shte
expressed pleasure over the written ruling
by the justices which criticised the efforts
of the parliamentary registration depart-
meq and the parliamentary commission-
er.
"We are pleased with the historic judg-









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'A visionary and dreamer who

rCurtis McMillan possessed a rare combination of gifts
thatmadehiman extraordinary human being, according
to his friend and former political colleague Sir Arthur Foulkes.
1: ISir Arthur said Dr McMillan was a man who was "obviously des-
tined to succeed wherever he chose to apply his considerable intel-
" lect and his capacity for enterprise."
"He was a visionary and a dreamer, but he heeded the poet's

ing his many dreams into accomplishments."
i rSir Arthur noted that one of Dr McMillan's dreams was realized
c ;.. "~-f~ :recently with the opening of MedDentCo, a high technology health
.""~~8tig <~a p~8 ,~ ,,7.-r care facility he had been working towards for several years.
He noted that Dr McMillan's dreams and visions went far beyond
care for the Bahamian people and in the world of business.
"He shared with others of his generation a vision of a better
Bahamas; a Bahamas in which political competition would be no
moree than a means to achieve what was best for the people; a
mr~ i''Bahamas in which the doors of social and economic advancement
.would be flung wide open to all; a Bahamas in which his fellow cit-
- dizens would be defined by their devotion to this island nation not
~4 1 by their race, nor by~ their ethnic origins, nor by the circumstances
T I''of their birth."
:Sir Arthur looked back on Dr McMillan's decision to enter the
political fray at a tumultuous time in the 1960s when it was
"risky" for those without power or wealth to get involved.
"It was a time when a man I
could be destroyed for being so
presumptuous. Indeed, some
e ~were, or came: very close, and
some were scarred for life."
He said Dr McMillan ignored
the risk, put aside personal pref-
I erences, "and heeded the call of
~;: his people and the demands of
his conscience."
~~t ~~ '~. "~A ~ (It may not seem a big thing to those of a later generation, but it
was a time when some who were far better placed could not bring
themselves to be so bold. That was when Curtis and I became col-
leagues and comrades and friends for life,'' Sir Arthur said.
vice for the late Curtis Clifford McMillan, former Cabinet Minister and member of Parliament. The service took place at Hillview "He committed his energy, his talents, his personal resources and
hurc. He was laid to rest in Lakeview Cemetery. his future to the struggle. He exposed himself to the slings and
arrows and even more frightful weapons of the Bahamian
40 ..:.political arena."
:`d He said after being elected to the House of Assembly in 1967 as
~P part of the first PLP government, Dr McMillan again demonstrat-
ed that he had "the right stuff to help change the course of history"

"Apart from his courage, his high intelligence and his love of
country, Curtis McMillan had the rare gift of imagination, a passion
for knowledge, a love of things beautiful, and a spirit of generosi-


"There was something else about Curtis that was valuable beyond
measure. It was his deeply ingrained sense of loyalty. If, in today's
language, he told you he had your back, you need not have looked
over your shoulder. He would be where he said he would be, and
he would do what he said he would do.
"All of these elements, laced with a keen sense of humour,
made Curtis McMillan a most delightful companion in all seasons
and circumstances, and his life a wonderful legacy for his family, his
friends and his country," Sir Arthur said.


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Association joined the
many people across the
country who expressed
condolences to the family
of the late Dr Curtis
McMillan over the week-
end.
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by training, had the dis-
~tinction of being the first
health professional to
serve as minister of health
in the Bahamas.
"He was a pioneer both
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the group that successful-
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and in his work as minister
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statement from the BDA
signed by president Dr
Andre Robins.
In later years Dr
McMillan became well-
known for the formation
of the dental insurance
programme, Dent Plan, a
subsidiary of MedDentCo,
to provide insured mem-
bers with access to private
dental services ait reduced

*ost recently, as presi-
dent of MedDentCo, Dr
McMillan officially
opened their state-of-the-
art medical complex, real-
ising his dream of creat-
ing a full-service health-*
care centre, providing
both medical and dental
services.
"The BDA is thankful
for his valuable conltribu-


our country, hday his soul
rest in peace the stalte-
Inent said.


r


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THE TRIBUNE


~TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2008, PAGE 9)


"His
CO11Siderable
COntribution

10 the political
3110 SOClal

development
Of the
Bahamnas must
110t be

forgOtteR."


arships he provided to young
Bahamians which enabled them
to pursue studies abroad.
The scholarships were also
his way of providing sound, edu-
cational opportunities for those
who shared his thirst and appre-
ci ation for knowledge, the
prime minister added.
"'He loved his country and his
people and he gave generously
of his time, his energy and his
resources in their service.
"His considerable contribu-
tion to the political and social
development of the Bahamas
must not be forgotten," Mr
Ingraham said.


L


"He lived to see,

22 years and four
general elections
later, the party for
which he had sac-
rificed. so much,
become the gov-
erning party..."


_______


development of plans for the
design and construction of the
Ctentrol P! t Office on East Hill
~!re.
He noted that after quitting
the PLP. Dr McMillan became
the first secretary general of the
newly formed the Free Nation-
al Movement.
"He lived to see, 22 years and
four general elections later, the
party for which he had sacri-
ficed so much, become the gov-
erning party of our country.
"Iln 1990, Dr McMil'lan
reahised his lifelong dream of
making affordable dentistry
available to all Bahamians
through the establishment of
Dent-Plan Ltd. the first health
maintenance organisation in the
Bahamas.
"Despite his numerous per-
sonal accomplishments, he was
committed to building a better
Bahamas for all.
"He was intensely interested
in the education and develop-
ment of future generations of
Bahamians."
Mr Ingraham said this was
illustrated by the many schol-


''~' "'
!3:


Dr Curtis M/c~villan
Dwas a man whose
courage in a time of challenge
contributed significantly to the
historic changes that took place
in the Bahamas during the
1960s and 70s, Prime Min~ister
Hubert Ingraham said.
Speaking yesterday at a
funeral service of the former
parliamentarian and member of
the first PLP Cabinet, Mr Ingra-
ham said the true test of a'man's
life and character often depends
on whether he was able to meet
andeo ercome challenges that
He said Dr McMillan
"achieved personal and profes-
sional highs; he suffered defeat
and humiliation; he suffered fall
and yet redeemed himself; hre
persevered."
Mr Ingraham noted that
after winning a seat in the 1967
generlteect ons whic I hr
was one of those who "'placed
everything on the line once
again" in 1970, quitting the HLP
in an effort to ensure ':the
development and growth of our
multi-party parliamentary
democracy."
"Dr McMillan was a man of
many firsts. He became the first
Bahamian to graduate from the
West Indies College in 1952 and
four years later became the first
Bahamian to graduate from
Pacific Union College in Cali-
fornia, USA," Mr Ingraham
said.
"'It was during this time that
he learned the value of fort
tude and perseverance as he
worked his way through college,
taking on any honest work -
whether it was loading bananas
onto boats, picking fruits in the
field or serving as a lifeguard -
to pay for his college tuition."
Mr Ingraham noted that as
the PLP Minister of Communi-
cations with oversight of all
communications and telecom-
munications, the airport and
maritime affairs, Dr McMillan
contributed significantly to the


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illicit trades.
We cannot police in isola-
tion, crime has no respect for
jurisdiction it is international,
and only through partnerships
ca effectively meet this chal-
Corruption and good polic-
ing are not compatible, and if
unchecked, could render~us
incapable of policing our own
country. Therefore you carl
expect a vigorous effort on
the part of my office, to detestr
investigate and eradicate, this
unacceptable practice wherev-
er possible.~
I say to you without reserva-:
tion, we have the necessary tal-
ent, expertise and experience
to effectively police the Com-
monwealth of the Bahamas:
I commit to the Bahamian
people that all officers will be
"tifistea to ensqun hratnan
is returned to our streets.
We will continue to ensure
the increased visibility of our
officers, as we expect that this
will result in less mishaps and
fatalities.
Hours of work will be stage-
gered to increase the safety of
the travelling public, and
increase our opportunities to
mntercept persons who may ~i
traversmng the streets to cormnyt
criminal offences. We wl
Fre ehC,al cmmit to you the
public that those officers who
have not lived upto their oath'
of office will be disciplined;'
retrained or invited to demit
Fhe Royal Bahamas Police
To yon career officers, I have
served in many of the places,
ofyuo c 1 lnge and coml
mit to you, that I will always


speech last week,
Commissioner of


Address by Commissioner of
Police Reginald Ferguson, on
the occasion of the offletal
han~dover ofthle offee of Com-
mrissioner of Police, January
18, 2008

Myjourney to this dis-
Mtinguished office
has been one of great chal-
lenge.
As a young man from the
island of Acklins, joining the
Royal Bahamas Police Force
was a means to serve this great
country.
For me it was an opportunity
to make a contribution to the
development of this country
and its citizens.
Forty plus years later, I can
say with a sense of humble ela-
tion that my efforts have not
gone unnoticed and I publical-
ly say: to God be the glory,
great things he has done, for I
have been divinely blessed with


this awesome role.
Today, Istand at the apex of
my career, as the sixth com-
missioner of police of an inde-
pendent nation. I am stepping
mnto the shoes and benefitting
from the legacy of these distin-
guished past commissioners
including my immediate pre-
decessor Mr Paul Farquharson.
I join others here today and
on behalf of the entire Royal
Bahamas Police Force, thank
Mr Farquharson for his illus-
trious service to this force and
our country, and wish him
God's speed in his future
endeavours*
Ladies and gentlemen, I am
mindful of the tremendous and
mnordinate responsibility of this
office and humbly thank those
who have placed this level of
cotifidence in me.
I will not betray that trust
and it is my intention to live
up to and indeed exceed your
expectations in the execution


HANDING OVER OF INSTRUMENTS Outgoing Commissioner of Police Paul Farquharson passes the
Instruments to incoming Acting Commissioner of Police Reginald Ferguson at the Royal Bahamas
Police Force Handover Geremony at Police Headquarters, Nassau on Friday, January 18, 2008.


of my duties as commissioner. I
thank my entire family but
especially my wife Dulcita, for
her devotion and unwavering
support through these many
years.
Ladies and gentlemen, I can-
not be successful alone and
entreat each of you to lend me
a hand.
Crime is a multifaceted chal-
lenge with adverse effects on
every fibre of our country. Its
ruthless presence is visible
socially, economically, cultur-
ally and within our family struc-
tures. I am certain that given
the increase in crime against


persons within our country,
each of you may have person-
ally experienced the unfortu-
nate hand of crime. Unfortu-
nate is perhaps stating it too
mildly.
As a developing nation, the
Bahamas is at a critical junc-
ture as we continue to see an
unprecedented rise in the level
of crime and criminality in our
country.
I read recently that the vast
majority of us, who are gener-
Sally law abiding, are convinced
that the source of crime has
nothing to do with us but
instead has to do with 'them' -
the criminals! So when we seek
to find solutions to crime we
generally find other people to
lme t ath die, hea odurts

lis w at we don't do often
enougeis to search ours les to
maeedone no on ritethoalawl
individually and collectively,
can do to curb crime in our

"t':dies and gentlemen, I
believe that small crimes lead
to big enimes we would all
agrees that lnnn the red liht
offences, but today many of us
have forgotten that many of
our practices are equally as ille-
gal. Some have become so
desensitized that they buy num-
bers from the church hymnals.
The trend and acceptance of
illegality by otherwise law-abid-
org ciiese .eroding the core
As individuals we have an
obligation to act responsibly
and with respect for our fellow
ci erady in this year 2008, we
see the continuing trend of the
callous and blatant disregard
for human life, and I ask you,
like often I ask myself what
kind of country do we want?
Do we allow crime and crim-
inals to dictate the quality of
lfDo eesi tyanm ?allow our
communities to be overrun by
the purveyors of lawlessness?
Do we lose our distinct place
among nations of the region as
a peace-loving and God fearing
people?
Do we allow our economy
to be destroyed because of a
small group among us?
Do we hide mn fear, and hope
that things will change?
The answer to all these ques-
tions is a resounding "No!" But
to ensure that it remains No,
we must individually, as a com-
munity and a country commit
to a zero tolerance approach
to mou dc mm t iner, I
commit to a policy of zero tol-
erance for criminal behaviour
and an abiding respect for the
rule of law. The law will be
applied equally, without favour
and irrespective of status,
colour or creed.
With the support of the
entire officer corps, we will
continue to move forward as
the world marks the manner of
our bearing.
It is often said that before


one extends a criticism, one
should look inwardly.
Deputy and assistant com-
missioners; superintendents
and inspectors; sergeants and
corporals; constables and


reris; 1iia bnd h ad
the public sees?
As commissioner, I commit
to yu that I w 11pleacherhi
the entire rank and file of the
Royal Bahamas Police Force.
Together we will encourage
and develop new strategies and
training initiatives to address
the challenges of policing in the
modern Bahamas.
We need a new policeman!
Times h ve changed, aa twee
understanding ~of our society -
a better understanding of inter-
national law and an overall sen-
sitivity to the average man.

e wish to thank the
Government for its
continued support and its
recent commitment to provide
much needed additional
resources-
rele wiilluse These rourc
equipment coupled with
improvement to our training
programmes for both young,
and not so young officers, will
improve our service to the pub-
lic.
Indeed, no effort will be
spared to access training local-
ly, regionally and internation-
ally for worthy officers, to
ensure that we meet our man-
power requirements.
I commit to you that every
officer including management
will provide service with excel-
lence, professionalism and in
adherence with all the laws that
li enF theeRoyal Bahamas
We will redouble our intelli-
gence efforts related to drug
smuggling and the traffic of ille-
gal guns-
'These two illicit trades are
the largest contributors to the
current level of crime in our
country. We will continue to
work closely with our neigh-
bours to the north and within
our region, to minimise the
impact of these international


s ee an pn dna to hoarooa7
within my power to ensure yogl
can be productive in the exq-
o no ytohe Bata an peoT-
ple I wish to challenge you tp~
continue to~ work with the
police force. With your help we
will maintain and further devql-:
op the philosophy of neighsj
bourhood policing.
This however will only be as
good or as effective as you the
pulce tan dwe the epolc-
us look for opportunities to:
mitigate the social his that we
are faced with.
pCons dr or~ganisin crimel
neighborhoods and reinstate
your neighbourhood watch
programmes.
I am personally prepared to
liaise and support all commu-
nity and faith based organisa
tions working for the better-
men allt Bae amrs sensibility
to address conditions which
hinder healthy development
and can become the breeding
ground for crime.
We the police have the
responsibility to respond to
your requests and institute
measures to address and erad-
icate these social ills. There-
fore let us join hands in part-
nership as we seek to reduce
crime and improve our country.
To the members of the force,.
you have heard me say before
that no man is an island and,
no man can stand alone. I
invite you to put aside any and
Hl issues and work to ulf hot
Bahamas Police Force.
Let us elevate our organisa-
tion and make it synonymous
to that of a crime-fighting
machine where zero tolerance
to crime is the modus operandi.
Together we can stop crime
at the source. Let us go where
the criminals hibernate and
infiltrate their cells. Dislodging
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thbrm from their safe havens and comfort zones.
,IsEver mindful of conducting proper and just investigations with
iategrity
-ldl'his will demonstrate our true professionalism to one and all,
regaining the respect that in some instances we have lost.
-3iAs each of you is aware, the Royal Bahamas Police Force is a
Zthieiplined institution, with a clearly defined chain of command.
auOfficers' of all ranks are therefore reminded that they must
Irespect the hierarchy, long-standing traditions and values of the
force.
information relating to the internal affairs of our organisation
should stay within the force, as such acts often lead to factions, dis-
tidst and low morale.
-vt implore you to remember the policies and regulations regard-
ing the flow of information outside the force will be strictly
adhered to.
-Irj3e have been given much and even much more is expected of
PseLet tas maximise the resources with which we have been pro-
vided and let us insist on excellence in all that we do.
I~t is said that a chain is only as strong as its weakest
uink.
3dIlbis being the case, let us find those who have become weary or
disillusioned and do all within our power to motivate them -
thus igniting the passion that once burned within them, to serve
country and people.
sTI call on all career officers, reservists and civilian personnel to
join me as we move resolutely to restore an acceptable quality of
liftl throughout our country with a simultaneous commitment to
the restoration of peace.
Over the next several days I will meet with the entire forge and
acquaint you all with my policing plan for the ensuing year -
Operation Restoration of Peace-
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GOVERNOR GENERAL Arthur Hanna greets the new Acting Commissioner of Police Reginald Ferguson during the Royal Bahamas Police Force
Handover Ceremony at Police Headquarters, Nassau on Friday, January 18, 2008.


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Minister Hubert
speaking on the
erof the offce of "
nunssinerof Police

e~r mark an impor-
S tant day in the life
f~the Royal Bahamas Police
fre~e. Having given 41 years of
18}al and faithful public service,
Phi Farquharson officially
retires from the police force
today, January 18, 2008 and, I
am pleased to say, commences
new responsibilities in the for-
eign service of our country.
Today we acknowledge and
thank Mr Farquharson for the
leadership and guidance he pro-
.tdhefrce as cgmmis~ga$
eC"ii ttfs~idshkt eight yeafs. '
The retiring conpnissioner
came from within t~e ~ranks of
the Royal Bahamas Police
Force. His performance on the
job has been marked with dis-
tinction. His integrity and devo-
tion to duty earned him the
respect of all.
Mr Farquharson's ability to
command respect, and his con-
cern for the welfare of his offi-
cers, speaks to the character of
this man who rose from bumble
beginnings in Long Island defy-
g the odds and rising to the
4gest law enforcement posi-
"m ortan tp ogress was
a1 ieved mn the modermisation
ofthe police force on his watch
during what were, and continue
tisbe, difficult and challenging
tllesin the life of our country.
9Tir Farquharson will long be
1%Yembered by members of the
phiice force for his dedication to
tHE development of the force.
He has been rightly credited
with bringing a spirit of trans~
1%rency and accountability to
dte police force, and consider~
dbly expanding the police inter-
action with the community by
placing increased emphasis on
police contact with the commu-
n3ity outside of its usual crime
fighting activity.
shir Farquharson can be par-
tiCularly pleased by the region-
al and international recogmition
given innovative police im~tia-
tiges conceived and expanded
_Toy tc py public tribute to
Commissioner Paul Farquhar~
s who has ably set the stage
ffrthose who will follow him.
~t is noteworthy I believe, and
mnidication of our maturing
cfmocracy, that Mr Farquhar-
s/2, appointed to head the
I~c4 force by me, served a full
tim under another adminis-
ttion, and is now scheduled
t assume new important duties
6 ganl new term of my admin-
"On behalf of the government
aiid people of the Bahamas and
or? behalf of officers and mem-
lIdCrs of the Royal Bahamas
FAilice Force, I pay tribute to
commissioner Paul Farquhar-
silh and I express our profound
a~reenation, thanks and grati-
tfe for the devoted and pro-
fessional service he has ren~

zadd so tnd g lemen, the
retirement of Mr Farqubarson
takes place at a time when a
~Nw crop of police officers, from
arn~ew, younger generation are
haing prepared to assume the
Itantle of leadership.
ih eteas ha x lln tro us t
Royal Bahamas Pohece Force.


Mr Ferguson was instrumen-
tal in the development of the
Drug Enforcement Unit begin-
nin~g in 1988, commanded the
unit and was eventually
appointed assistant commis-
sioner in charge of crime.
More recently Mr Ferguson
was appointed deputy commis-
sioner after serving for many
years as an assistant commis-
sioner.
Mr Ferguson received police
training in the United Kingdom,
the United States of America,
Canada and the Caribbean,
A no-nonsense policeman,
Reginald Ferguson is highly
regarded and respected in polic-
ing circles both at home and
abroad.
During his 42 year police
career there has never been a
suggestion of impropriety on his
part. He is honest and straight
forward, to a fault.
In short, as they say in police
lingo: 'Reg Ferguson is a police-
man against whom nothing
adverse is known'.
He has been honoured by the
Queen with the Queen's Police
Medal for Distinguished Ser-
vice. He also holds the Bahamas
Police Medal for Meritorious
Service and the Long Service
and Good Conduct Medal.
We are convinced that Regi-
nal dFerg sonnpos asss the
required to lead the. Force in
this period of transition.
Ladies and gentlemen, the
Royal Bahamas Police Force
continues today to be chal-
lenged by the mecreased levels of
criminality in oth neighbo~ur-
hoods and communities,
Still, theirs is the task of con-
tinuing the mission to protect
and defend the Bahamas and
its citizens against all forms of
crimunality.


Reiterate that my gover-ae hsopot n-t t
ment is committed to ensuring
that our laws are vigorously
enforced, modernised and
strengthened where necessary.
And, I give every assurance
that the government is firmly
committed to supporting the
polic a tce in its important
In this regard, we will not
only cause sigmificant improve-
ments in our legal, judicial and
penal systems but I wish to
assure, (Actmng) Commissioner
Ferguson and the members of
the Royal Bahamas Police
Force, that the force will receive
adequate budgetary -funding,
continued manpower trammig
and development, and infra-
structural development so as to
facilitate the fulfillment of their
mandate to safeguard our peo-
ple.
I am pleased, on behalf of the
government and people of the
Bahamas, to extend congratu-
lations to you Actmng Commis-
sioner Ferguson, and to express
our full confidence that all offi-
cers and members of the police
force will give you their loyal

ass o saiodne t b Fergu-
son, as you so well know, your
success and the success of the
force will be inflflenced, and to
a large extent determined, by
your relationship with the men
and women under your com-

mTnhi disciplined force expects
from you not only firmness but


fairness and compassion.
As a manager you must be
liro-active and knowledgeable,
about the country, about the
force, and about those under
your command. Effective plan-
ning, organisation and strategic
management must be.your
watchwords. A good and effec-
tive leader is central to the good
governance of any organisation.
As a leader you will be called
upon not only to command the
troops and to lead by example,
but also to marshal a conscious
and constant effort toward
ensuring that the highest degree
of sensitivity is exhibited by you
and your men in the exercise of
~_your duty.
SYou must always be mindful
of the diverse and ofteptimes
g latiiin$ hiature of the
Ba'hinnian landscape, and of the


indispensable need for the
police force to be able to secure
the trust and confidence of all
persons in the society it seeks to
serve.
That is especially so if those
persons are to be relied upon
to fully support' the police in
their crime prevention, detec-
tion, and other initiatives,
Of course, as the make-up of
the force represents a micro-
cosm of our society, your focus
will also have to be on engen-
dering an atmosphere of all-
inclusiveness in the force in
order to ensure that support is
unified and galvanised behind
your leadership.
Because of your impeccable
cr~ede~pti~,(\,a,44 1Ggr pggy ~P
pearachale, ~rShttagg yLhayes rZ
doubt tha~t;yoqqp 1Heply capab ,
of leading the Royal Bahamas


Police Force. That is why, 101
lowing upon consultation with
the leader of the opposition. i
caused you to be appointedl.
Ladies and gentlemnicr. in
closing, I call on all members
of the Royal Bahamas Police
Force to give Commniisioner
Ferguson their full ay a o(n Inr
the execution ofl ur \cui ,.;i, <8
tant task; of leading th~i Iln y.~
tant national instiinon~i
I again express theL :)non~i
gratitude lo C`;on;;n a, t i i; R
quharson (ret scil l(d > to
unblemished and dev\oted seel
vice to his country y, nd ian
gratulate Acting Conunilssionc
er Ferguson onl his assulnpt ioni
of command of thet Rog ulI
Bp paas Police Force,
i Se hopes.and plrayelt !tour
option go with. you.
Thanki you.


It is not an easy task. Several
individuals in the ranks have
displayed the mettle and the
capacity to lead. This augurs
well for the police force because
every leader requires a compe-
tent support team.
The. next commissioner of
police will be required to
advance the police force in this
new age when crime-fighting
and policing require facility with
innovative and quickly advanc-
ingmtpee nlo es andos qentid
that the commissioner possess
the traditional discipline and
good human relations skills
needed for effective organisa-
tion and management of a
major institution as is the police
force.
And so we will be very delib-
erate in the process of select-
ing the next leader of the Roy-
al Bahamas Police Force.
You will all be aware that a
number of senior police offi-
cers, from a younger generation
of law enforcement personnel
will, over the coming year, be
gatd the 'pot t of
woar ng along with tw etrio-
politan police agencies in Cana-
da. Another is scheduled to pur-
sue advanced police training in
the United Kingdom.
It is our intention to continue
to afford the next generation of

tye epoosur aso ceeek rog d
the necessary to ensure that the
Royal Bahamas Police Force is
properly manned and fully
equipped to meet the demands
for policing at this stage in our
national development.
For the time being, we are
similarly resolved that the force
continues, to benefit from
enlightened and experienced
leadership.
We believe that such experi-
ence and knowledge resides in
another policeman who has
risen through the ranks of the
force over the past 42 years.
Mr Ferguson assumed duties
as commissioner of police on
the 21 November last year upon
Commissioner Farquharson's
commencement of pre-retire-
ment leave
Mr Ferguson, who hails from

innthe oneal Ba nmae olticed
Force in 1965. His career on the
force has embraced all facets of
policing. He has served in Cen-
tral Division, Criminal Investi_
gation Division, Security and
I eligec Brnh Ne r

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famlers Invade ranch




SSAO PAULO, Brazil
HUNDREDS of landless
farmers on Monday overran a
ranch once owned by an
imprisoned Colombian drug
lord, hours before the govern~
ment sold the confiscated prop-
erty at a public auction, accordl-
inT re hu drd failies of
landless farmers seized control
of the 319 acre ranch that Juan
Carlos Ramirez ~Abadia for-
feited in the southern state of
Rio Grande do Sul, police
commander Paulo Roberto
Mendes Rodrigues said.
The Landless Workers
Movement said in a statement
that its militants occupied the
ranch because "we want it
expropriated f or agrarian
reform purposes."
The group has gained inter-
national notoriety for taking
over land it deems unproduc-
tive to pressure the govern-
ment to redistribute farmland
in a country with one of the
Iord' mos uneven distribu-

Police commander
Rodrigues said he was studying
ways to evict the farmers
peacefully but refused to give
further details.
The ranch and other prop-
erties owned by Ramirez Aba-
dia, now awaiting extradition
to the United States, were con-
fiscated after his arrest in Sao
Paulo last year.
At Monday's auction,
Ramirez Abadia's ranch sold
for close to $465,000.
His Sao Paulo mansion and
a smaller property in the state
$' i82M7 acGe tvv ent fo
site of the Judicial Electronic
Auction, which administered
bde ngeosnwa jde dr
Last week, a beach house
and second home that
belonged to Ramirez Abadia
were auctioned for more than
$2.2 million.
ofReam aez Aa a lsac sd
powerful Norte del Valle car-
tel. He fled to Brazil after a
drug conviction in Colombia
and allegedly ran the cartel's
money laundering operation
here until his arrest last year.
Nicknamed "Chupeta," or
"Lollipop," Ramirez Abadia
faces three U.S. federal indict-
ments on drug and racketeer-
ing charges, and has said he
prefers to avoid trial in Brazil
and begin confinement in the
United States as quickly as pos-
sible.
The U.S. has requested his
extradition, and the case is now
under review by Brazil's
Supreme Court.
Ramirez A!, .&; offered to
tell authorities. - had
hidden $30 milli !mil-
lion in return for ; I .;g a
prison term in Brazil, his wife's
release from jail and his speedy
extradition to the United
States. But a judge rejected
that offer and ordered him to
turn over all his assets imme-
diately.


SHAVANA

CUBA'S el~ectoral process on
Sunday was- not ~expected to
deliver surprises since there were
the sanrie number of candidates aS
seats in the equntry's National
Assembly. cccording to Associ-
ated Press..
But it did bring one crucial
piece of information: the. date the
communist island's newrgovern-
ment is tdbe established.
"It will'be on February ~24,"
acting Cuban leader. Raul Cas-
tro, said after~casting his balklt.
On' that day, the National
Assembly Cuba's unicameral
legislature' is expected to elect
from amorig its 614 members the
31 members of the Council of
State, whose president is both the
country's head of state and head
of government.
This process will finally reveal,
after a 17-month interim govern-
menlt full of uncertainty about:
the Cuban leadership, what role
each official will take on, mn the
light of the poor health of Presi-
dent Fidel Castro, 81.
Ahead of the official results in
Sunday's election, which accord-
ing to preliminary data registered
a turnout of more~than 95 per
cent of the voters, there is little
doubt that the 614 candidates will
have obtained the 614 seats they
were seeking.
Among them once again is
Fiddl Castro.
Recovering from an intestinal
problem, which has never been
disclosed and which forced him to

Cuban leader has decblinedl to be
precise regarding his plans.
In.,recent weerk`s he said he
does not inte~nd to cling on" tb
flower add that he lacks the
physicall abilu~y" to appear m
public. And yet Fidel Castro's
candidacy opens the door in case
aain psts o he ds hl ic
it was created m 1976.
indeed. Fidel Castro has not
once said he was retiring .
On Sunday, Cuban au horities
insisted that ~they will back the
commander-in-cheif he decided
to remain in the race for the
country's leadership.
Oe Mndy of ah sre t
Castro wpuld stay on the job
despite his weak health and his
age.
'All we want if Fidel to remain
president and socialism to per-
sist here." Prnesto, a chauffeur
whod dl-':lIimself as aManrist-
Letiini r, told Deutsche Presse-
Agentur dpa.
"'He has always been president,
he will always remain the leader,"
Juan, a street sweeper, said.
Just in case, however, Juan
stressed that "if it is not Fidel, it
will be Raul.",
More pessimistic, the Cuban
opposition basically agreed.
Fidel is going to remain pres


A LATE voter asks for help prior to cast her ballot at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Havana, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008. Cubans
went to the polls to elect the 614 members of their National Assembly with ailing President Fidel Castro as candidate. Although he no longer runs*.
the government, Castro still heads its supreme governing body, the Council of State, and his re-election to parliament is necessary to retain that
position.


On Sunday, thie interim leader
stressed the "importance" of
choosing a new legislature "in a
complex period," in which Cuba
will have to face "'different situa-
tions and great decisions, little
by little."
-Foreign Minister Felipe Perez
Roque also stressed the mior-
tance of the task at hand for new-
ly-elected legislators.
"It will have to face the adop-
tion of important decisions, laws
that make socialism stronger in
our homeland, that rectify many


ident until he dies. he will keep
making decisions. I do not have
the slightest doubt that evzery-
thing is going to stay the same,"
said Martha Beatriz Roque;
spokeswoman for the Assembly
for the Promotion of Civil Society
(APSC). .
Miriam Leiva, of the Ladies in
White, also had few doubts.
"Fidel Castro will remain the
main leader in Cuba for as long
as he exists, but I hold the hope
that the new Assembly and the
new Council of State start to
adopt nowv the changes that Cuba
needs, which I hope will not only
be economic," she said.
Indeed, it is not just Fidel Cas-
tro's future which is at stake on
Februr 24.
Se a al analysts agree that
there is great "expectation"
among the Cuban people over
1 lCasr a nuced in
speech on July 26, 2007 and
which many Cubans also
demanded mn popular assemblies
held in recent months across the
country. However, there was lit-
tle immediate sign of these
changes.


of the questions that were iden-
tified in Comrade Raul's speech
on July 26 and in the (outgoing)
National Assembly," Perez
Roque said.
Dissident economist Oscar
Espinosa Chepe said "'even high
government officials have real-
ized"' that there is "'increased con-
sciousness of national problems"
in Cuba.
For ~Espinosa Chepe, whether
or not Fidel Castro heads the new
government, the executive will
have two options.


"'It either makes changes,eco-
nomic transformations, atn
increase in efficiency and pro-
ductivity, or the country enters a
period of instability," the dissi-
dent said.
Espinosa Chepe noted that if
the government chooses the lat-
ter, the population would
"'believe that all those arguments
put forward by Raul Castro were
a distraction manoeuvre," which
he said could haive consequences
that "'could be really deplorable
for all Cubans."


W JERUSALEM

ISRAEL'S government on Monday endorsed the
ambitious plan of a private entrepreneur to install
the world's first electric car network here by 2011,
withl half a million recharging stations to crisscross
the tiny nation, according to Associatedl Pr~ess.
Supporters hailed the undertaking as a bold step in
the battle against global warming and energy depen-
dency, but skeptics warned that much could still go
wrong along the way.
In a signing ceremony with the Renault-Nissan
Alliance under the slogan "Transportation without
fuel, making peace between transportation and the
environment"' -- Israel's leaders pledged to provide
tax incentives to customers to make Israel's cars fulel-
free.
The project is a joint venture between Renault-
NisSan, which will provide the electric vehicles, and the
Silicon Valley-based startup Project Better Place,
which will operate the recharging grid. The replace-
ment and charging of the lithiumI-ion batteries is sup-
posed to work like that of a cell phone battery.
"For the Airst time in history, all the conditions nec-
essary for dilectric vehicles to be successfully mass-
marketed will be brought together," the companies
said in a statement.
'The initiative is the brainchild of Shai Agassi, a 3)-
year-old Israeli-American entrepreneur and higih-
tech star, who raised $200 million to get the project off
the ground.
"Our planet's battery got charged over hundreds of
millions of ycars, and yet we have consumed half the
world's oil in one century. In the process, we got
addicted to oil, polluted our cities and altered our
planet's climatE," Agassi said. "Finally, we are unmning
out of out most precious commodity of all -- we aIre
running out of time."
Less than a-year ago, Agassi qluit aIs a top executive
at the German software giant SAP AG to pursue his
green dreams. Along with his partner Idan Ofer, he
founded Project Better Place, aimed at helping reduce


greenhouse emissions by building a network of charg-
ing stations for electric cars across Israel.
Agassi's Spokesman said his home country of Israel
was the ideal laboratory to market his vision because
of its high fuel prices (around $6.30 a gallon), dense
population centers and supportive government. In
Israel, 90 percent of car owners drive less than 45
miles per day and all major urban centers are less
than 100 miles apart, makig the use of battery oper-
ated cars more feasible than in countries with longer
average commutes.
Green cars are also particularly attractive to Israel,
which hopes to weaken the political clout of its oil-rich
enemies.
"Today is a new age with new dangers and the
greatest danger is that of oil," President Shimon Peres
said. "It is the greatest polluter of our age and oil is the
greatest financier of terror."
'Other automakers have produced plug-in hybrid
prototypes, which switch from pure electric to gas
engine to a blended gas electric mode. But the ~Renault
model is the first mass-produced model designed to be
completely fuel-free.*
"Zero emission, zero noise," Renault-Nissan Chief
Executive Carlos Ghosn said. "It will be the most
environmentally friendly mass-produced car on the
market."
Ghosn said the cars, with a range of up to 100 miles
per charge, would have a top speed of 110 kilometers
per hour (68i mph) -- the top speed limit in Israel. And
A~ggast vowed that, in the long run, the electric car
would be cheaper to operate than one based on fuel.
IsraeCli leaders said they hoped the country would
pro"ve to be a trailblazer in the field of alternative
energy. This initiative will revolutionize cars in Israel
anld throughout the world," National Infrastructure
Minister Binvamin Ben-Eliezer said.
iAuron Bragman, an auto analyst with Global
insighlt, said he was unfamiliar with this specific elec-
tric model but said there were plenty of pitfll ahead
before it could be up to par with the performance of
fuel-based cars.


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Tribune Business Editor

wa aMA SC ste yest rday aid i
proposed joint venture to convert the
half-a-milhion gallons of waste cooking
oil produced on New Providence every
year into biodiesel fuel, marking one
of the first serious attempts to develop
renewable. eco-friendly energy sources.
Francisco de Cardenas, the BISX-
listed waste disposal company's man-


The Cape Eleuthera Institute has
already been pioneering the conver-
sion, of cooking oil into biodiesel, an
eco-friendly energy source that can
power cars and other vehicles, and


Bahamas Waste's financial resources
and customer base are seen as helping

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aging director, said the 50/50 venture
with Cape Systems, an arm of the Cape
Eleu'thera Institute, would involve a
$750,000 investment in a new facility
to convert the waste oil into biodiesel.


wib~un Bs nsL ditor
COMMONWEALTH
Bank's chairman yesterday
told The Tribune it was not
looking at expanding interna-
tionally into fast-growing
Caribbean economies such as
the Turks & Caicos, instead
focusing on the opportunities
presented by New Provi-
dence's growth and maximising
business with its existing cus--
tomer base
While other institutions such
as Bank of the Bahamas Inter-
... nationathald expanded inter,
nationally through its Miami
branch, and Royal Bank of
Canada was among a host of
Bahamian-headquartered
companies looking to move
into the Turks & Caicos, T. B.
Donaldson said Common-
wealth Bank was doing "suffi-
cient business in New Provi-
dence".
"We have been doing well
with what we have been doing.
New Providence is expanding,"
he added. "We keep on build-
ing things ourselves. The Gold-
:n Gat es b anc tisw a go


Trib~un BH sins ditor

THT Natio~nal Coalitt n for
vate sector and trade union

fomr goerd nop' at otnhae
Health Insurance (NHI), has
"not ridde off ito thr eoin e sun-
set" and remains concerned
that the scheme could be intro-

- elati ely litle has been
heard fRom the Boalition since
the May 2, 2007. general elec-
tion, which saw the Christie
government removed from
office and the election of the


Group concerned
NHI scheme could be
illtrOduced at any time

Ingraham administration,
which appears to have differ-
etnt plans for u grading and
improving the public hea t-
cBeut n ton Rolle, the for-
mer Chamber of Commerce
president who isrthe~-Coati
tion's spokesman, told The Tri-

SIEE page 7B


tomers and servicing their
needs, Mr Donaldson said: "It
is difficult enough to find com-
petent staff to run what we
have here in the Bahamas. I
could not imagine myself run-
ning business in the Turks &
Caicos."
International expansion
decisions, he said, had to be
mtade~ferseund -business*Tea-
sons, and not just for pride
and emotional reasons.
Commonwealth Bank was
primarily focused on generat-
ing good returns for its share-
holders, Mr Donaldson said,
and if a cost-benefit analysis
of growth opportunities failed
to show any benefits, or that
costs could not be justified, he
would not recommend them
to the Board.
Coming off another record-
setting year, in which Com-
monwealth Bank saw its 2007

to 04 ilin wMbr Dn rdson~t


said the bank's focus on small-
er consumer, personal loans
meant it was well-placed to
grow its loan portfolio and
withstand any unexpected sys-
tem liquidity problems.
With the average size of
Commonwealth Bank's loans
between $12-$14,000, Mr Don-
aidson said: "We're not fund-
ing these big projecf-ts-s-ar
less likely to be unpacted. We
don't need a lot of money to
keep our loans going. The
loans are generated from bor-
rowers' repayments, and all
those people are not going to
lose- their jobs at the same
time.
"Our risk is very well spread,
and is not great at all."
He added that Common-
wealth Bank was comfortably
provided for, and well ahead
of the Basle Tier I and Tier II


done. We took banking to the
people. That's been a success
story."
Adding that the institution
was foscsun tn d Tng mor


competing against each other
on price.
Because prices were con-
trolled, the oil companies -
Esso, Shell and Shell (Sun Oil
or FOCOL) and the dealers
had no incentive to lower
prices below the mandated
mark-ups, thus keeping vehi-
cle gasoline prices higher than
they might otherwise be.
"There's no real competition
in the gasoline industry," Mr
Lowe told The Tribune. "The
price controls cause more of a
hardship than anything
else......

SEE: page 7B


SBy NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

GOVERNMENT-mandat-
ed price controls may be work-
ing against the Bahamian con-
sumer by keeping energy
prices artificially high, espe-
cially when it comes to the
petroleum industry, a car deal-
ership executive told The Tri-
bune yesterday.
Rick Lowe, the sales/opera-
tions manager at Nassau
Motor Company, said the
Government-mandated mark-
ups imposed on wholesalers
and dealers discouraged the
three major oil companies and
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SBy CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter
A FORMER Central Bank
governor yesterday backed the
suggestion that the Govern-
ment and monetary authori-
ties move towards open-mar-
ket type operations as a way
to address liquidity challenges
in the commercialbanking sys-
tem.
TB Donaldson, now Com-
monwealth Bank's chairman,
agreed that trading in govern-
ment paper and bonds, some-
thing that is done in the US
and other countries to control
money supply and credit
growth, is something that


needs to implemented in the
Bahamas.
Speaking with Tribune Busi-
ness in the aftermath of the
recent International Monetary
Fund (IMF;) Article 4 consul-
tation, Mr Donaldson said it
would make more sense for
the Central Bank to list gov-
ernment bonds and Treasury
Bills on BISX something his
own bank has done successful-
In its report, the IMF
endorsed the Government's
plan to move toward market-
oriented instruments of mone-
tary policy. The IMF explained
that currently, the Government
relies mainly on moral suasion,
credit ceilings and transfer
restrictions as their policy


instruments.
The IMF said that if there
was a greater reliance on man-
agement operations, this could
help improve economic effi-
ciency and competitiveness by
contributing to the develop-
ment of domestic capital mar-
kets and improving the effi-
ciency of the allocation of cred-
Already, the IMF indicated,
the Government has begun to
explore options for open-mar-
ket type operations to help
manage overall bank liquidi-
ty.
This could include the pur-
chase of some of the Central
Bank's stock of government
securities by the National
Insurance Board, which has
substantial bank deposits.
The IMF reported that a
number of changes to the Cen-
tral Bank's operational framne-
work will be needed to sup-
port the adoption of indirect
instruments. These would
include improving balance of
payment forecasts and elabo-
rating on a short-term liquidity
forecast, and adjusting the
resderveowera itgsytew tand
more normal standing credit
facility, where the Central
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year basis, with the 29.4 per
cent contraction in loan dis-
bursements for residential con-
struction to $116.9 million
overshadowing a $5.9 million
or 42.4 per cent gain in com-
mercial mortgages issued.
On a yearly basis, residen-
tial mortgages, which account-
ed for 931.9 per cent of such
loans, increased by 12.4 per
cent to $2.492 billion, whereas
commercial mortgages moder-
ated by 2 per cent to $220.5
million. Domestic banks pro-
vided the bulk of mortgages,
the report showed, compared
with substantially smaller
shares for the insurance com-
panies at 6.7 per cent and the
Bahamas Mortgage Corpora-
tion 4.3 per cent.
The Central Bank revealed
that financing costs rose slight-
ly, as the average quarterly rate
on residential loans rose by 5
basis points to 8.6 per cent rel-
ative to the same period in
2006. Conversely, the interest
rates. on commercial loans
wpre stable at 8.8 per cent.


TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2008, PAGE 3B


THE TRIBUNE


SBy CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter
CLEAR signs emerged in
the 2007 third quarter of a
slowdown in the Bahamian
construction and housing mar-
kets, with mortgage commit-
ments falling by 25.7 per cent
to just 249 when compared to
2006.
The Central Bank's quarter-
ly economic review found that
the value of these commit-
ments also fell by 19.2 per cent
to $31.8 million.
The number and value of
residential loan approvals
decreased by 27.6 per cent and
18.6 per cent to 234 and $29.3
million respectively, the report
found.
The Central Bank reported
that despite a firming in the
number of commercial mort-
gage commitments by three to
15, the aggregate value of
approvals contracted by 25.6
per cent to $2.6 million.
It added that other con-
struction activity indicators
continued to su gest a decline
in the sector's output. Mort-
gges issued dr ng ,eins0u0r7
ance companies and the
Bahamas Mortgage ~Corpora-
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CAPTURES TOURISM AWARDI

so -By: Janet Hanna

It was a proud moment for the student body of Speaking on the importance of tourism, Mr. Barrett
Faith Temple Christian Academy (FTCA) as they informed the students that the tourism industry
gathered to honour one of their own, at a special has changed drastically. We are now finding
assembly on Monday January 7th, 2008. ourselves having to compete with such Asian
markets as Dubai: (Palm Islands.) Dubai is an
Deputy Head Boy, Tarran Simms went up against oil-rich nation who uses its wealth to diversify its
the best of the best, soared through three (3) economy to create the very best destination.
preliminary rounds, emerged to fhe finals and This man-made mega tourist resort is described
walked away with the coveted 2n" place prize at as the "Eighth Wonder of the World."
the annual Junior Minister of Tourism Speech
Competition held in November 2007. Under the Another Asian market ~is Osaka, .Japan, (where
theme: 'The Next Generation: Learning from the there is a man-made beach). It is competition
Past, Preparing for the Future,' young Tarran like these that reminds us that "Sun, Sand and
delighted the audience with his speech derived Sea" is no longer a guarantee for a perfect
from the popular Bahamian song: "Bring Back vacation destiny. The business of tourism is
the Good Ole Days". about people and their ability to provide the most
effective quality service, said Mr. Barrett.
Tarran, a well-rounded student, has been able to
balance his academics and social life well. He is Our challenge therefore is to attract the brightest
an active member of several clubs including: The and the most talented young persons into the
Junior Minister of Tourism Programme, Foreign Industry, Mr. Barrett informed the student body.
Language Cadet, Key Club (where he presently He went on to remind the students that tourism
holds the position of Governor for the Bahamas is largely responsible for the quality of living and
District of Key Clubs) and President of Faithl the gros' domestic product in The Bahamas,
Temple's Link # 50 Junior Red Cross. Once which is third~ only to the USA and Canada.
completing high school, Tarran plans to pursue However, Barnett, warned that our success has
a degree in Tourism Management at The College been noticed by others who have said, "If The
of The Bahamas. Bahamas can do it, so can we," and they have.

Captivating, informative, and touc)1ed with a little! The tourism executive challenged Faith Temple
humour, Tarran took the audience down memory Christian Academy students to see themselves
lane and reminded them of how things use to be as steak-holders. Like the "Energy Light Bulb,"
when Bahamian culture personified manners, employers are looking for employees who are
respect, love for country, and ~down-ho -e good efficient, productive and hardworking, said Barrett.
native dishes. The Faith Temple 12 grade
student ended his speech charging his audience In his closing remarks, Mr. Barrett admonished
to "return to the good ole days," raise high the the students to obtain the very best education
national flag, and embrace Bahamian culture in possible and then bring their talents and skills to
its truest form. the industry. He assured them that there is a
place in the tourism/hospitality industry for them
On hand at the special assembly to present the and reminded the students that The Bahamas
awards was, General Manager of Training and needs them.
Education, Ministry of Tourism, Mr. Greg Barrett.
In his opening remarks, Mr. Barrett told the Faith Temple Christian Academy, congratulates
student body that they ought to be proud of their Tarran Simms on his "stella" performance, and
fellow student's achievement. He went on to wishes him the very best in this last year as he
comment on the fine calibre of students Faith soars to success, making waves in the
Temple has produce Tarran received several tourism/hospitality industry to ensure that it is
awards for his 2n place prize including a indeed "Better Again." Tarran is indeed a fine
certificate, plague, trophy and cash prize (which example of the calibre of students that Faith
went to the school). Temple has produced over the years.











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was a lot of excitement behind
it, and the private sector has
something to prove to the
Government."
A US consultants' report
delivered to the Government
in August 2007 noted that sol-
id waste, especially biomass,
presented alternative energy
generation opportunities for
the Bahamas.
"Based on the amount of
solid waste generated on New
Providence, approximately 20
MWh (megawatt hours) of
electricity could be generated
from combusting the waste dis-
posed of each day at the Har-
rold Road landfill," Haley &
Aldrich said.
"Grand Bahama produces
enough waste each day to gen-
erate about SMWh of electric-
ity. Construction and opera-
tion of waste-to-energy facili-
ties at these two locations
could more than double the
existing tipping fees being
charged for waste disposal,
although the sale of electricity
could help reduce these
charges."
To tap into this source of
potential energy, the report
urged that the landfill sites in
New Providence and Grand
Bahama be fitted with gas col-
lection and energy generation
systems.
It recommended that waste
management systems also be
revised.


had deferred its decision to
give Phenton Neymour, min-
ister of state for utilities, time
to review the: project.
All relevant documents, he
added, such as Environmental
Impact Assessments (EI~s)
and Environmental Manage-
ment Plans (EMPs) had been
submitted to the relevant gov-
ernment agencies, like the
Bahamas Environment, Sci-
ence and Technology (BEST)
Commission and Department
of Environmental Health Ser-
vices.
Mr de Cardenas said the
joint venture was looking at an
initial $750,000 investment to
construct a biodiesel conver-
sion facility on a site covering
one-third of an acre at
Bahamas Waste's Gladstone
Road headquarters. The ifac-
tory-type facility would include
storage areas and the chemi-
cal conversion process.
"We've already allocated
some land for it and are wait-
ing to go," Mr de Cardenas
said. "Some of the guys that
have been let go from Bacardi
we'll be looking at to run this
place. There's serious talent
out there that will be able to
run this facility."
Bahamas Waste would need
an additional two vehicles,
staffed~by two, persons each,
to collect the waste cooking oil
from clients and bring it to the
Gladstone Road conversion


plant, Mr de Cardenas said. A
manager, supervisors and oth-
er plant staff would be needed
in the initial stages, taking the
initial staff complement to
around 10.
"It's not substantial, but it's a
number,"' Mr de Cardenas
said. "It will take us some time
to get started, as we have to
build the ,facility. We're just
waiting. I'm hoping construc-
tion will take six months from
start to finish."
Converting vehicular traffic
in the Bahamas to using
biodiesel fuels, Mr de Carde-
nas said, especially tourist-
related transport such as jit-
neys, taxis and boats, would
eliminate the black smoke they
belch out. This, in turn, would
aid the environment.
Meanwhile, Bahamas Waste
has yet to hear from the Gov-
ernment and DEHS on who
has won the garbage collection
contracts for four zones mnNew
Providence, as the adiministra-
tion looks to start privatising
and contracting out such ser-
vices.
The four zones cover some
10,000 New Providence resi-
dences, but Mr de Cardenas
said: "We have not heard one
word. The bids weret opened
the day after the process closed
in October. It was delved to
November, and we haven't
received anything.
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Tribune: "We feel there's
probably up to maybe more
than half-a-million gallons of
waste cooking oil produced on
this island per year."
The major users are the
hotels, restaurants, cafe and
other eateries, as well as
Bahamian households. The
Bahamas Waste managing
director added: "There's a vast
amount of waste vegetable oil
used on this island. We would
go to our existing customers,
the majority of whom we're
already disposing waste for
already. There's a chemical
process where you take it and
convert it to biodiesel.
"We feel that as a group
we've got the best prospects
out there. Number one,
because our partner is already
in the business, and then our
association with the market
and customers we have. It's
just a good fit."
The Tribune was informed
by its contacts that the Cabinet
was due to have met last Fri-
day to decide whether to
approve the Bahamas
Waste/Cape Systems venture.
However, Mr de Cardenas
said the company's under-
standing was that the Cabinet


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INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that 1, WILLIAM JOSEPH
RAYMOND of 2869 Willow Bend Boulevard, in the State of
Florida one of the State of the United States of America, intend
to change my name to WILLIAM JOSEPH ZONICLE. If there aire
any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may
write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box
N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the
date of publication of this notice.




NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that LORENZO MARTINEZ of
APT. #5, ST. ALBANS DRIVE, P.O. BOX( N-8041, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason
why registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-
eight days from the 15TH day of January, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas



PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, TREVOR SMITH of
Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, intend to change
my name to TREVOR LEE SMITH SR. If there are any


Officer, P.O.Box N-43536, Grand Bahama, Bhdhamas no
Iater than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of
this notice.



Le al Notice
NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY~ GIVEN as follows:

(a) INTERMA~RKET DISCOUNT HIOLD)ING IMhITED is in
Dissolution under the prov\isions of the Internlatlonal B3usiness Companuies
A~ct 2000.

(b) T~h DIlssolutrion of said C:ompany commenced on January 21, 2008
wrhen its A~rticles of Dissolution weLre submitted and registered by the
Registrar General
(c) T`he Liquidator of the said company is Shaklira Burrows of 2nd
Terrace West. Centrev~ille. Nassau. Bahamas

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 29th day of February, 2008 to send their names
and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of
the company or, in default thereof, they may' be excluded from the benefit
of any distribution made before such debts are proved.

January 22, 2008
SHAK(IRA BURRIOWS

LIQUIDAT`OR OF TH-E ABOVE~-NAMlED COMPANY


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PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO C ANi~GE NAME BYDEED POLL
The Public!'is hereby advised that 1, SHEENA ELIZABETH
RAYMOND of 2869 Willow Bend Boulevard, in the State of
Florida one of the State of the United States of America,
intend to change my name to SHEENA ANGELlQUE ELIZABETH
ZONICLE. If there are any objections to this change of name by
Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief Passport
Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty
(30) days after the date of publication of this notice.









The following practices located at #36 Collins
Avenue, Nassau, wlill be closed permanently on 22
February, 2008, at the latest:

KENNETH W. KNOWLES, M.D.
BAHAMAS OPTICAL CENTRE, LTD.

Patients wiho w~ish to obtain records are asked to
ITail a written request, containing clear patient ID
information etc., to Box N-8322, Nassau. Following
that, specific arrangements may then be made by
telephone at 325-4754, 322-4940. Regretf~ully~, no
further letters can be wr:Iitten.










Extensiv'e backgr-oundl in mana~ging an OEM Heavy!
Truck Sales./ Service / Parts facility a must.
Background and knowlledc of truck specification /
application mandatory. Backgr~ound in Parts and
Service management required on daily basis. Must be
able to elffectivecly administer all facets of business.
Minimum Of 10 years experience preferred. Good
peOple skills a must. Must have prior exper-ience
18 partS order entry and supervismg employees.
COITputer skills r-equired on daily basis. Must be self'
ITOtivated and w:ork w~ith little or nlo supervision.



We thank all applicants, howe:\rc, only candidates to
be interviewed w\ill be contacted.



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Oakes Field
P.O. Box N-44
NaSsau, Bahamas


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PiigInformation As Of: F A L"
Moda,21 January 2008
BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES 1/IMT \VifWU.BISXBAHAMAS COM FOR MVORE DATA & INFOPMATIO
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX- LOSE 2,068.94 / CHG 0.00 / %'CHG; O 00 1 YTD 2.19 / YTD %6 O 11
52w -. C2.r*LO-C~ Sscurll Prg.1'.us C~lose TiC~aa,"S Chase- Charls 0.1 '0 EPS i, DII. i PE '11el-3
168 j 6.4 ;rr-ace F.riracis 1 81 .1. r i~ is' Cl 00 10: 0 00'
11.80 11.00 Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.80 0.00 1.502 0.400 7.9 3.39
961 8.03 Bank of Bahamas 9.61 9.61 0.00 0.612 0.260 15.7 2.71%
085 0.80 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 0.188 0.030 4.5 3.53
374 1.85 Bahamas Waste 3.66 3.66 0.00 0.289 0.090 12.7 2.46
270 1.25 Fidelity Bank 2.65 2.66 0,.00 0.OS8 0.040 45.7 1.51%
12.50 10.00 Cable Bahamas 12.50 12.50 0.00 1.030 0.240 12.'1 1.92
3.15 2.OO Colina Holdings 3.14 3.14 0.001 0.031 0.040 101.3 1.2%
8.50 4.31 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 8.35 8.35 0.00O 600 0.426 0.260 19.6 3.11%
7.22 4.74 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.15, 5.15 0.00O 0.129 0.052 30.9 1.01%
260 2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.30 2.30 0.00 0.316 0.020 7.3 0.87%
7.40 5.70 Famguard 7.40 7.40 0.00 0.713 0.280 10.4 3.7%
13.OO 12.25 Finco 13.00 13.00 0.00 0.829 0.570 15.7 4.3%
14.75 14.25 FirstCaribbean 14.60 14.60 0.00 0.914 0.470 16.0 32%
6.10 5.18 Focol (S) 5.18 5.18 0.00 0.359 0.140 14.4 2.7%
1.00 0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.77 0.77 0.00 0.017 0.000 45.3 00%
8.O 7.10 ICD Utilities 7.25 7.25 0.00 0.411 0.300 17.6 4.14%
11.OO 8.60 J. S. Johnson 11.00 1'1.00 0.00 1.059 0.610 10.4 5.5%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.167 0.600 8.660%
Fldelity Over-The Coluntler 8 rulrine.,
2wHi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid$ A\sk$ Last~PrICo' ..0-1 .. PE D. Fi- 111 -I
14.60 14.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 16.:00 1.160 1.185 13.4 8.12
800 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6 00 0.000 0.480 NM 7.8%
054 0.20 RND Holdings 0.3 na OvrTe0400ri So .ur20 -0.023 0.000 N/M 0.0%
-si0..11 O BAS 5 1 0C .1 1 *.o.i 0 4.450 2.750 9.0 6.70
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14 OO 1.160 1.125 13.4 7.71%
055 0.40 RND Holdings O.45 0.55 O 45 -0.030 0.000 N/M 0.0%
B(ISX Listea Mulual Flurnit.
5w-Hi S2wk-Low Fund Name NA V 'TD L..* 12 Month~s Div $ Yield %~
1.3765 1.2647 Colina Money Market Fund 1.376507.
37969 3.0569 Fidelity Bahamas G & Fund 3.7969**
3.0008 2.4723 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 3.00076*
1.2920 1.2037 Colina Bond Fund 1.291985 *
11 8192 11 354' Fiieil.t*Pr~rr.e Inome Fona. 1 I 6192".
E3ISX ALL SH-ARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,ooo oo E 5 /YNO u<0 n neeAv JIliY
52lwk-) to Hlighest closing pace In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying pIrico of Collinn an III1 idOliy
T'wk-L~ow Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ Sollirng pricer of Callrlan anti ndollity I JrIneIIIy L'000
Previous Closo Previous day's weighted prico for daily volume Last Prico Last lrltradd over-tho-cou nics prior .11 Decolubor111 2007
foda~y a; Clrlso Current day's weighted price for daily volume Wookly Vol. Trad~ing volume of thle plrior *youk "' .I1 Octlober 207
Changlr e Chlange in closing price from day to day EPS $ A compan;llys ll sOprted( Ilnrnings; perl rhare~ fori theI lilst 12) mths1
Dailly Vol Numbeor of total shares traded today NAV Not Asset Volue
"~' a 'vidanrls per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Notl Maningflul
P/E Closing~ prico divided by the last 12 month earninOs FINDEX T ito ridolity BaO inusllll~ StocIk Indellx Januallry 1 1!10-1 100
fj~ -or- Sto Splt E factlve Date 08/82, ...
TO TRADE. CALL. COLINA 242-502-7010 / FIDELITY 242-356- 7764 / FOR MORE DATA & INFORMATION GALL 1242) 394-2503


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with the liquidity/crunch could
help avert a damaging reces-
sion. The Bahamas would not
be immune from the effects of
that.
Commonwealth Bank is set
to increase quarterly dividends
by 25 per cent in 2008 to $0.05
per share from $0.04 per share
in 2007. Its Board has
approved an extraordinary div-
pdaeindd if$ 6pe~r share0 In
shareholders of record on
April 15, 2008.
For 2007, Commonwealth
Bank saw its assets climb 15
per cent from $1 billion at
year-end 2006 to nearly $1.2
billion at December 31, 2007.
Other measures were all posi-
tive, improving over 2006
results. The efficiency ratio was
46 per cent, return on equity
was 35.5 per cent, and return
on assets was 3.84 per cent.


II;


FROM page 1B



capital requirements. The
bank's dividend policy ensured
that no more than 65 per cent
of annual net income was paid
out to shareholders, meaning
at least 35 per cent was placed
into the bank's general reserve
a hnnualyit came to the 2008
economic outlook, Mr Don-
aidson said it was difficult to
tell how the global events like-
ly to impact the Bahamas
would play out.
While the US sub-prime
mortgage mess was likely to
take more than a year to clean-
up, Mr Donaldson said the
willingness of the Federal
Reserve and European central
banks to pump money into the
global banking system to deal





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.NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVENV as follows:

(a) SUNSET OVERSEAS LIMITED is in dissolution under the
provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on January 21, 2008
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by
the Registrar General.
(c) The liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.
(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 3rd day of March, 2008 to send their
names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be
excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before such
debts are proved.
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DINNEER 8P1M

;I BLA CK T IE


He alth Co alition h as 'not




ridden off into sunset'


FROM page 1B ing the regulations to govern regard. We're waiting to see business profits and individual **
the NHI scheme, seeking to the direction of the new gov- disposable incomes, and be an


TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2008, PAGE 7B


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ever-increasing burden that the
public and taxpayer would
have to bear.
Mr Rolle said the Coalition
was waiting to give its input on
healthcare reform, having had
one meeting with Dr Hubert
Minnis, minister of health,
since the new government was
elected.
The FNM, and Dr Minnis in
particular, have studiously
avoided making any commit-
ments on whether the Gov-
ernment would introduce an
NHI scheme, likely for fear
that a move either way could
be exploited politically by the
PLP.
"They have not explained
anything to us specifically," Mr
Rolle said. "All that we're
aware of is the fact they're
looking at providing some
strengthening to the Princess
Margaret's Hospital, and are
examining a pharmaceutical
drug plan. We don't yet have
any report or status on the
pharmaceutical plan."


have these concluded before
year-end 2007 so that the: plan
would now have been in effect.
While the intervention of
Bahamian voters prevented
such a scenario from happen-
ing, Mr Rolle pointed out that
the NHI Act was still on the
statute books.
This meant that any govern-
ment, be it the current admii-
istration or any of its succes-
sors, especially a PLP govern-
ment, would merely have to
pick up where the Christie
administration left off, draft
and then pass the necessary
regulations to bring the NHI
scheme into effect.
"'It's not common in our
country for legislation tio be
repealed," Mr Rolle said, "but
there are some adjustments
that could be made.
"We haven't had any in-
depth discussions in that


ernment."
When asked whether the
Coalition was concerned that a
PLP government could take
up the NHI scheme when
elected in future, Mr Rolle
replied: "It could be taken up
by our current government as
well. A lot of the details have
to be specified in the regula-
tions."
He added: "We're waiting
to be engaged by the Govern-
ment. I'm sure the current leg-
islation will be one of the
things discussed. There's been
no regulations put in place to
support it."
The Coalition, and its pri-
vate sector and trade union
members, resolutely opposed
the NHI scheme as proposed,
fearing it would serve as a drag
on the Bahamian economy, its
financial needs would be
unsustainable, it would reduce


bune: "We're still actively
meeting. We were scheduled
to put out a summary docu-
ment of our activities, an exec.
utive summary and some sup-
porting documents containing
our numbers before the holi-
days.
"But that didn't happen. It
will happen before the end of
the month. We haven't ridden
off into the sunset."
The former PLP government
passed the National Health
Insurance Act, the legislation
to enable it to bring in such a
scheme, during its final months
in office.
The timing of its introduc-
tion to Parliament and its pass-
ing appeared designed to boost
the PLP's electoral chances.
Had it been re-elected, the
Christie government was like-
ly to have moved on with draft-


& adding that number to the
price of crude oil produces the
total of $3.93, accounting for
the lion's share of per gallon
gas prices, which are currently
hovering around $4.70
This indicates that Govern-
ment-mandated mark-ups and
taxes are heavy contributors
to the cost of a gallon of gas,
along with the greatest vari-
able crude oil prices.
And the $3.93 figure does
not even include the 7 per cent
stamp duty that the Gov~era-
ment levies on the cost of
imnport~e9 fuel freight (CIIF), a
sum that would take this cover
$4 per gallon.
Mr Lowe pointed out that
in his industry, government-
mandated mark-ups imposed
a 25 per cent increase on CIF
ceiling for cars, and 75 per cent
ceiling for vehicle parts.
As a result, "none of us
mark-up to 15 per cent; we all
mark-up to 25 per cent". Mr
Lowe pointed out that when
the late US president, Ronald
Reagan, removed gasoline
price controls in the US during
the 1980s, "prices fell because
people realized the game was
over and they couldn't hide it
any longer".
While the removal of the
wholesale and retail mark-ups
in the gasoline industry would


not spark a dramatic fall in the
gas prices faced by BahamiaB
consumers, Mr Lowe said it
would encourage competition
and help to gradually lower
prices over time.
"I don't think they're going
to bring it down appreciably,
but it's better for everyone
without mandated price con-
trols," Mr Lowe said. "Where
they think price controls pro-
tect people, they don't.
"I do not see a huge increase
in price. What you're going tO
see down the~zoad is that one
gas station will realise that if
they lower their price a bit,
they will attract more business.
Then Harry will do that, and
John will follow, too."
Mr Lowe added: "Price con-
trol needs to go. Price control
across the board needs to be
dropped. I think the consumer
should be the one who deter-
mines the competitive price
and who to do business with.
Let's keep government out of
it as much as we can."
A whole range of foods,
including staples such as eggs,
bread, milk, cheese, butter,
cooking oil and baby food are
price controlled in the
Bahamas, all featuring whole-
sale and retail mark-ups of 13
per cent and 23 per cent
respectively.


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Price controls hit


consumers on energy


FROM page 1B

"Government thinks they're
mandating something to pro-
tect the consumer, when in fact
they're not. I entirely agree
that mandated price controls
do not encourage competi-
tion."
When it comes to the per
gallon price of gasoline in the
Bahamas, a significant chunk
of that is accounted for by gov-
ernment taxes and the whole-
sale/retail mandated mark-ups.
With the price of crude oil
trading on the .Brent and
Nymex indexeqslt around $88
per barrel yesterday, and one
barrel equivalent to 42 gallons
of oil, the rough spot price of a
gallon of crude oil is just below
$2.10.
Once oil and petroleum
products are landed in the
Bahamas, at every stage they
are price controlled by the
Government. It imposes $1.06
per gallon in import duties on
unmleaded gasoline to boost the
Treasury, while the wholesale
and retail mark-ups are respec-
tively $0.33 and $0.44 per gal-
lon.
Adding those two mark-ups
to the $1.06 import duty pro-
duces $1.83, the fixed cost of a
gallon of gasoline once it is
landed in the Bahamas. And


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motivated individual for the position of Marketing Manager. This
person will report directly to the sales and marketing VP and will
be responsible for expanding the organization's revenue base;
initiating market research studies and analyzing their findings;
developing, implementing and evaluating marketing strategies; and
building relationships with external business partners.

Interested persons should possess:

* At least a Bachelor's degree in marketing or business management

* Excellent leadership and coaching skills

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* Proficiency in various computer applications


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PAGE 8B, T-UESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2008


*SHOWN (L-R) are Theresa
L. White, BPA national sec-
retary, Colo~nel (retired)
Palmer Sullins, Jr., BPA
president; and Jeritran Out-
ten, director, Ministry of
Tourism


THE Ministry of Tourism
hosted a reception to welcome
members of the Black Pilots
of America (BPA) to Grand
last Friday.
The reception was held at
the Viva Wyndham Fortuna
Beach Resort, and the group
was entertained at the event by
Swingers Junkanoo group.


A MEMBERS of the Black
Pilots of America enjoy the
sound of the goat skin drum
and cow bell'with group
president Palmer Sullins and
national Secretary, thereSa
White


P il ots make ea f in g vis it